Brexit inventor Sir James Dyson claims the “freedom” from the EU has allowed Oxford scientists to develop a “world’s best” COVID-19 vaccine in record time
- Sir James Dyson said the benefits of Brexit would best be demonstrated through the push
- The inventor, 73, said Brexit means businesses can employ the best global talent
- He defended the decision to move Dyson headquarters to Singapore in 2019
Convincing Brexitarian Sir James Dyson has claimed the “freedom” of leaving the European Union and allowing British scientists to develop a “world’s best” COVID-19 vaccine.
The billionaire inventor, 73, said the benefits of leaving the EU couldn’t be better demonstrated than in developing the EU [Oxford-AstraZeneca] Vaccine.’
Sir Dyson said, “I think so [Brexit is about] much more than [trade agreements] it gives us independence from spirits.
‘We weren’t part of the European Union’s development of the vaccine, which we had to do brilliantly at Oxford. And they made the world’s best vaccine, made in record time.
“That’s because we made it independent, we had the independence of thinking and acting,” he told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday.
The staunch Brexiter Sir James Dyson has claimed the “freedom” that leaving the European Union made possible and enabled British scientists to develop a “world’s best” COVID-19 vaccine
The British inventor also welcomed Brexit for exempting British trade deals from restrictions associated with EU membership.
He said, “We have our freedom. We can conclude trade deals with other countries outside Europe with which Europe cannot conclude trade deals. ‘
He went on to argue that by allowing companies like Dyson to enter the UK into international trade deals they could employ the best talent from around the world.
“We can employ people from all over the world,” said Sir Dyson. “In the past we were only allowed to employ people from Europe and couldn’t get the engineers we needed.”
“We now have 60 different nationalities on this website,” he added, referring to the company’s research facility in Wiltshire.
The billionaire inventor, 73, said the benefits of leaving the EU couldn’t be better demonstrated than in developing the EU [Oxford-AstraZeneca] Vaccine.’ He claimed that Oxford scientists would be able to produce the vaccine in record time because of its “independence of thought” from the EU
Reflective glass buildings are located on the Dyson campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire as of October 2016
Sir Dyson has been questioned over the controversial decision to move the company’s headquarters to Singapore in November 2019 and defended the decision
The British inventor also said the company plans to create more than 200 new jobs in the offices in Malmesbury and Hullavington, Wiltshire.
In light of the controversial decision to move the company’s headquarters to Singapore in November 2019, Sir Dyson defended the decision, saying it was “very important” to be present in the world’s fastest growing market.
He said: ‘It would be arrogant to think we could design and develop products for Asia and the UK.
“We can develop technology, but we understand what Asians want and what works in the market – we have to be there, we have to immerse ourselves in it.
“I can’t make things here and bring all the components here from the Far East, assemble them here and then send them back to the Far East. It just doesn’t work. ‘
Sir Dyson also reiterated the company’s commitment to the UK, saying, “We are a UK company – I have put a lot into this country.
“I’ve invested about £ 2 billion in this site,” he said. “I’m hiring more people, I’m employing 4,000 people here, I’m paying a lot of taxes here.”
Dyson has played a key role in manufacturing 10,000 ventilators for hospitals across the country during the pandemic, working with scientists and the Cambridge-based technology partnership.