Jacob Rees-Mogg caught spreading lies about Brexit speeding up coronavirus vaccine approval

Rees-Mogg told to "sit up" in House of Commons
Sophia Purdy-Moore

On 2 December, following independent scrutiny by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Mass vaccination is due to start next week.

In response to the impressive breakthrough, leader of the house of commons Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed:


Tory lies

He wasn’t alone. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock told an interviewer that “because we’ve left the EU, we’ve been able to move faster”. Other Tory MPs followed suit, taking the opportunity to make false claims about Brexit speeding up the vaccine approval process. Health minister Nadine Dorries said:

Thanks to #Brexit we can now move ahead swiftly and safely.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant announced:

if we were still in the #EU, we would not have been allowed to roll out the #Covid vaccine.

This deluge of false claims is a confusing act of self-sabotage from the Tories. Those involved have tarnished the groundbreaking news of the UK’s coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rollout.

Meanwhile, education secretary Gavin Williamson simply explained that the UK was the first to approve the vaccine because “we’re a much better country”. This is an extremely illogical assertion to make considering that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was developed in Germany by Turkish immigrants in partnership with a US firm.

Caught in the act

MHRA CEO June Raine quickly discredited Tory ministers’ false claims, saying:

we have been able to authorise the supply of this vaccine using provisions under European law, which exist until 1 January.

This was set out in the MHRA’s statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in November, which reads:

Until the end of December, and as part of the transition period, Covid-19 vaccine candidates can be licensed (authorised) via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and that authorisation will automatically be valid in the UK.   However, if a suitable Covid-19 vaccine candidate, with strong supporting evidence of safety, quality and effectiveness from clinical trials becomes available before the end of the transition period, EU legislation allows for temporary authorisation of supply in the UK, based on the public health need.


The Brexiteers’ lies sparked outrage across Twitter. Shadow justice secretary David Lammy called the Tory ministers out for lying and seeking to score political points at the wrong moment:

Other Twitter users called on the social media platform to highlight the fact that these tweets may contain misleading content, as it did with the Trump campaign:

It’s evident that it will take much more than a global pandemic and a scientific breakthrough to end the spread of lies and misinformation by Tory Brexiteers. Come 1 January, we are likely to see the same MPs blaming the coronavirus pandemic for the havoc wrought by a hard Brexit.

Featured image via BBC News/YouTube

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    1. Jacob Rees-Mogg caught spreading lies about Brexit speeding,
      up coronavirus vaccine approval
      Moggy baby instead of your propaganda C**p I suggest you turn your free time
      to allowing debate in H.O.Commons to proceed instead of blocking them.
      Just because you do not wish the( truth to be told or come out) to the public live in H.O.C debates over your personal failing in your job plus that of your party Minister, Including Boris over the Virus L-Down rules you voted yes for SIR.
      Enjoy your job while it lasts come next G.E. or May 2021 local area election for
      council seat your party will or could suffer loss of Cllr seats because of your arrogance and bad attitude in the job you do now will help voter turn to another party to run our’ country May be by a new party being put together plus run by other party member joining up with Nigel-Farage (possible?)
      FINALLY!-Moggy baby-plus ALL Govt party members in Parliament + H.O.Com
      Do not forget to get the new vaccine jab you rant about in this article also make
      sure, your family member has it too (before us Joe public.)

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