Monday, March 16, 2009

EU and booze

You could say that the EU have 'saved the day' when it comes to the suggestions by Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson.

Because the proposals to have a minimum price on a unit of alcohol are, you'll never guess, against EU rules:

Mr Farage said "This would be an unlawful restriction on inter-community trade under Article 28. Whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing is another matter entirely, but it's simply not in the competence of the UK government to do such a thing.

"It falls under the 75% of our laws that are made by foreigners in Brussels and which we have to obey whatever we think about them."

Mr Farage added: "Perhaps the British government should have a word or two with their senior civil servants and people like the Chief Medical Officer, to remind them how much of the power to make law in this country they've already given away?"

Note the date on that, too. yesterday. Plenty of time for some of our public broadcasters and large national publications to read it.

Look! A fact! Try use it!


an ex-apprentice said...

Nice one Trixi. Funny how the BBC keep missing these little gems. How many reporters have they in Brussels?

North Northwester said...

If the 'government's' plan to super-tax booze fails you can be sure the BBC will thank the EU for it...

Trixy said...

Their editor has gone native.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Well said Nigel.

Chalcedon said...

The bastards don't dare rocket the tax on booze either. It's a vote loser. Not to mention the ructions of the Scotch whisky industry!