Misnomers over Influence of EU

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Misnomers over Influence of EU


I AM grateful to Alan Spencer for his further contribution (Talkback, September 10), not least because it is a good example of some of the more outlandish claims about the influence of the European Union.

The European Union was not behind HS2 or the Royal Mail privatisation. These were both initiatives of the UK government. The European Union cucumber and apple regulations do not extend to restrictions on selling them. If they did, someone should warn Morrisons to remove their 'Wonky' fruit and veg range. Most bizarrely, it is difficult to see any similarity to what is happening in Hong Kong. The legal status of the various entities and the behaviour of the authorities are in no way comparable. Perhaps if the European Commission orders the UK Government to beat protestors in London then this claim might have some merit. The BBC article does not quite say what Mr Spencer claims and certainly does not say that over 60 per cent of "laws" passed by Parliament are to implement European Union rules. That figure is 13 per cent. You only get to 60 per cent by counting all minor administrative changes and things that the UK was doing anyway. …

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