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EU has become ‘Power Mad’ on Covid, ‘Thank God we are gone’: Farage

Brexit leader Nigel Farage exclaimed “Thank goodness we have left” the European Union in response to reports that the bloc’s leader, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, said the Mandatory vaccination should be considered, while countries like Greece threaten to fine senior citizens. citizens for each month they are not vaccinated.

“They went mad for power in the EU, thank goodness we left”, Nigel Farage remark by tweeting an opinion piece by The telegraph exposing the bloc countries that have instituted a form of Covid authoritarianism.

On Thursday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was “understandable and appropriate” to have a bloc-wide discussion on compulsory vaccination.

“How can we encourage and potentially reflect on compulsory vaccination within the European Union, this needs to be discussed,” said Commission President von der Leyen. “It requires a common approach, but it’s a discussion that I think needs to be conducted.”

The head of the powerful EU executive branch made the remarks after his former mentor, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced a de facto lockdown of unvaccinated people, excluding them from unvaccinated retail and leisure facilities. essential. Dr Merkel also said that the German parliament will soon be called upon to vote on compulsory vaccination and that it supports the measure.

The new Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left social democrats, is also in favor of the imposition of jabs.

Austria last month became the first major country in Europe to introduce a national vaccination mandate, from February those who refuse face fines or possibly jail if fines are not paid. .

Meanwhile, Greece will issue a monthly fine of € 100 (£ 85 / $ 113) to people aged 60 and over if they are not vaccinated, starting on the new year.

Italy will also fine citizens of € 600 (£ 511 / $ 679) to € 1,000 (£ 851 / $ 1,133) if they travel on public transport without the Covid passport known as the Green Pass. , which proves vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test result. Italy will also institute the Super Green Pass, which excludes test results. Those without the new passport will be banned from activities such as eating inside.

The Netherlands and Belgium, meanwhile, have closed and imposed more restrictions in recent weeks.

The wave of restrictions across Europe sparked protests in Brussels, Vienna, Rome and Rotterdam.

However, inside or outside the EU, Britons may find themselves subject to their own vaccination mandate, unless citizens continue to adhere to government vaccination programs, a senior official in the UK. conservative party and a government figure repeatedly refusing to rule out mandatory vaccination or blockages for the unvaccinated on Friday.

“It’s not something we want to do or plan to do in the UK. The reason we don’t want to and hopefully won’t have to do all of this is because of the recall, ”Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden warned on Friday.

“So as long as people, when they get the call, take that nudge – it will be open to everyone by the end of January – I’m sure… we’ll be able to resist even given the challenges of this new variant, ”added Mr. Dowden.

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