“The government is unveiling new rules that will mean card-charging in Britain will come to an end in January,” reads the Treasury press release issued this morning.

What it doesn’t add is that the law will take effect across Europe – because its one of those much derided EU directives!

The common sense law, which bans companies from charging customers up to 20% extra for paying with a credit or debit card, was proposed by the European Commission in 2013 and adopted by the European Parliament in 2015.

Perhaps the most galling element of this story is that the change was delivered by none other than Britain’s former EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill – another example of the influence Britain had on the EU only two years ago.

Hill held the EU’s crucial finance portfolio before he resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote – a post Britain has since lost to Latvia.

UKIP MEPs voted against the policy in the European Parliament. Well, those that bothered to turn up did.

You might not be surprised to know that Nigel Farage, along with his Tory Brexiteer friend Dan Hannan, weren’t present for the vote.

To summarise: A sensible EU policy implemented by a British Commissioner opposed by Brexiteers being passed off as Tory policy.

There’s some things Brexit can’t fix. For everything else there’s the EU…

  1. “UKIP MEPs – those who could be bothered to turn up – voted against the policy in the European Parliament.”
    You can’t expect Kippers to support changes that make the EU look good.
    Having a UKIP MEP is like paying someone to vandalise your car.

  2. But Hill is a Tory peer and the policy will have been initiated by the Tory government.
    And would the UK have been *allowed* to put such a ban in place without EU permission?
    NB the base price of these services will rise to compensate anyway…

  3. It’s all a matter of “presentation”. In politics one has to stick to the approved party line. Whether or not this is demonstrably truthful is another matter.

  4. Robert Peake says:

    Claiming an initiative is misleading and even dishonest. Why will not Theresa say it was a EU Directive over credit card charges.

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