Three quarters of British favour working with EU to get vital protective equipment

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More than three quarters of the British public think the UK should participate in EU schemes to secure vital protective equipment, as it emerged ministers passed on three opportunities to take part.

A new poll by Focaldata for Best for Britain found 77 per cent of people favoured staying in the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other EU agreements to help battle the coronavirus outbreak.

Brexit divisions were put aside in the face of the crisis, with 57 per cent of Leave supporters favouring working with Brussels to help the UK buy and develop medicines, vaccines, tests and protective equipment.

The move also attracted cross-party support, with six out of ten (62 per cent) Conservative voters backed working with the EU, as well as 37 per cent of Brexit Party supporters.

Nearly nine out 10 (88 per cent) of Labour voters agreed, rising to 95 per cent among Liberal Democrats.

It comes amid reports the UK missed out on three chances to participate in EU schemes to bulk buy personal protective equipment (PPE), which is subject to huge demand from NHS and care staff battling the virus.

Read more via The Independent

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