Craig Mackinlay MP accused the EU of “not really coming up to scratch” and focusing on the wrong issues as the UK tries to handle the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Mr Mackinlay explained that European Commision vice-president Maros Sefcovic was “worried” about the transfer of olive oil into Northern Ireland despite Great Britain making “very little to nothing” of the product.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Mackinlay said: “Apparently [Maros] Sefocovic has been worried about the transfer of olive oil from GB to NI.
“Now the last time I looked, the amount of GB-made olive oil is something between very little and nothing.
“On the other hand, you’ve got the EU not really coming up to scratch importing vast amounts of Russian oil.
“So if there’s talk about a trade war, I don’t think the world would be looking very kindly on the EU to say: ‘Hold on guys. You’ve got the UK at the forefront of trying to do a deal with a Russian bear and you wanna have a row about olive oil. I mean come on’.”
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