If you thought the Brexit vote was merely about withdrawal from the EU and getting more money for the NHS, you couldn’t be more wrong.
First it ‘bring back blue passports’, then it became ‘bring back imperial measurements‘. Now it’s getting worse.
The Sun yesterday published a list of ‘ten ways we can say up yours to the EU‘
Here is that completely barmy list in full:
- The Sun is calling for the return of blue Brit passports, ditched for EU-backed burgundy.
- Restore our once-proud fishing industry, scrapping tough EU quotas.
- Axe EU-imposed VAT on gas and electric for cheaper energy bills.
- Have cleaner carpets by swapping weak, EU-regulated vacuums for powerful ones.
- Have drier hair by avoiding planned EU energy rules on powerful hairdryers.
- Defend our morning tea and toast by using appliances free of energy constraints.
- See the light by bringing back the incandescent bulb, phased out by EU regs.
- Reclaim “jam”, as the EU says less than 60 per cent sugar means it’s a “fruit spread”.
- Recycle tea bags, which a council banned amid EU fears over spreading disease.
- Reclaim countryside from turbines and solar panels, built to meet EU targets.
Such ambition, such resolve!
Most of those relate to EU regulations that we either won’t be able to change (because we don’t make products like toasters and tea kettles domestically), or wouldn’t want to.
Why would any sane manufacturer ignore EU regulations to please the Sun while ensuring they can’t export to the biggest market on our doorstep?
Plus, the EU environmental targets implied here are already part of UK law through the Climate Change Act. Even the Tories have committed to that.
And, the EU didn’t mandate burgundy passports, we could have changed that at any time!
Finally, how will sticking up two fingers at the EU ensure a good trade agreement after Brexit?
The Sun list is a sure-fire way to economic ruin for any company.
Which tells you all about the priorities of most Brexiters