Quarantine: People shouldn’t get sick pay says Charlie Mullins
Mr Mullins stirred up controversy after a blog posted to his company’s website earlier this week, with Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski among those deeply critical of his choice of words. Mr Mullins said: “The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged 2020 like nothing else since the Second World War, but I’d take a rerun of this current crisis over the lasting damage we’re about to inflict on ourselves with Brexit.
“There is no doubt that Covid has done huge damage to the UK’s economy and taken countless lives.
“But crucially the virus, which has hobbled all major world economies, came out of the blue.
“Nobody asked for it and nobody thought it was a good idea. The same cannot be said for Brexit, which I think will bounce Boris out of Number 10.
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“We have vaccines riding to the rescue but what or who is going to save us from Brexit?
“Certainly not our former European partners as they struggle to rebuild their own ravaged economies.”
Mr Mullins claimed: “From the moment we voted to leave the European Union the promises have been unravelling; masses of money for the NHS; lucrative new markets around the world, and the lie of all lies – an easy to get trade deal with the EU.
“I sincerely hope that Lord Frost and his team of negotiators manage to get a deal with the EU at the 11th hour because the one thing we all seem to agree on is that a ‘no deal’ scenario would be one disaster too far for the country to take just now.
“Either way come January 1st when 70 million of us wake up on our islands we’ll be far worse off than the 446 million EU citizens who have stayed with their union.”
Staunch Brexiteer Mr Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, told Express.co.uk: “His comments put him out of step with reality and he brings himself and his company into disrepute by using such words.”
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Mr Mullins is no stranger to controversy.
In July, he launched a fierce attack on the Government’s furlough scheme in response to the news that the cost now exceeded £25billion.
Calling for it to be scrapped immediately, he said: “Asking nicely for people to return to their workplaces won’t work and those milking the system need to be stopped.
“We shouldn’t sit back and allow people to abuse it. Tax-payers are paying money that could have gone toward the NHS.
“At my company, we’re taking furlough into our own hands and everyone will either be back at work or made redundant by the end of the month.”
Mr Mullins also revealed his company was refusing to accept a £1,000 grant to incentivise employers to re-hire furloughed staff, calling it a “bribe”.
He said: “Employers who trouser Rishi Sunak’s bribe to reinstate workers should not be allowed to fire them again in the new year.
“And those that do should be fined ten grand per returned worker let go.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Mr Mullins over Mr Kawczynski’s comments.
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