Brexit given UK ‘independence of spirit’ to make ‘world-beating’ Covid vaccine says Dyson

AstraZeneca: James Dyson praises 'world beating' UK vaccine

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Pro-Brexit James Dyson appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and remarked how the move gave the country an “independence of spirit”. Mr Dyson also announced he would be creating over 200 jobs in its research facilities in Wiltshire adding Brexit allowed him to employ a wide range of people to work for him. The engineer added that the independence from the EU allowed the UK to operate much quicker than Europe in rolling out and developing a vaccine – showing the positives of the Brexit decision. 

Speaking to BBC Breakfast about Brexit, Mr Dyson said: “I think it is much more than [trade agreements] it gives us independence of spirits. 

“And that couldn’t be better demonstrated than in the development of the vaccine. 

“We were not part of the European Union’s development of the vaccine we had to develop our own brilliantly at Oxford. 

“And they produced a world-beating vaccine produced in record time. 

“And that’s because we did it independently, we had the independence of thought and independence of action.”

Earlier in his interview, Mr Dyson also explained the economic positives that arose from Brexit. 

He said: “We’ve got our freedom, we can make trade agreements with other countries outside of Europe that Europe can’t make free trade agreements with. 

“We can employ people all around the world, we have 60 nationalities here on this site. 

“And we now employ all over the world where previously we could only employ people from Europe and we couldn’t get the engineers that we needed.”

Brexit: UK 'has got its freedom' says James Dyson

But Mr Dyson drew criticisms when he moved his global headquarters to Singapore in 2019. 

He explained his decision was down to the growing Asian market and that British companies did not want to expand with him. 

He said: “It would be arrogant to think that we could design and develop products for Asia and Britain.”

“We can develop technology, but understanding what Asians want and what works in the market – we have to be there, we have to be immersed in it.”

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The businessman was then asked if he could bring more innovation to the UK and said: “I’ve invested about £2billion in this [Wiltshire] site.

“I’m taking on more people, I employ 4,000 people here, I pay a large amount of tax here.”

The UK and EU’s relationship has soured during and after the Brexit process as the continent struggles to keep a lid on the pandemic. 

Disputes over AstraZeneca vaccine supply boiled over last month when the EU introduced export ban powers on doses leaving Europe. 

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