This sparked a furious reaction from Mr Neil, who tweeted: “So everybody is talking about the ‘variant Anglais’ but never ever refer to the original as the China virus.
This also triggered a furious response from Brexiteer Martin Daubney, who replied: “I’m surprised they didn’t call it ‘la variant Brexit’ TBH.”
“It’s the utter hypocrisy that many who were complaining about it being referred to as the ‘China virus’ now gleefully accept the ‘English variant’ title.”
The latest outburst from Mr Neil comes as fears grow the South African strain of coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the UK.
A recent study showed the jab only offers a small amount of protection against mild disease of the South Africa variant.