Euromyths A-Z index

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A-Z Index of Euromyths 1992 to 2012

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AbattoirsEC hygiene rules force closure of abattoirs, Nov 1992

AbattoirsLocal meat products under threat from new EC Health Directives, Jan 1993

AcresAcres are outlawed by Brussels, Jul 2008

AgaNew EU sulphur rules will cause problems with oil-fired Aga’s, Dec 2009

A-levelsEU to phase out A-levels for EU style diplomas, Jan 2000

AcornsEU to prevent the sale of English oak seeds, Nov 1994

Advertising, sex discriminationEU to ban advertising for same-sex flats, Sep 2004

Advertising, sweets and toysSwedish Presidency will force a ban on sweet and toy ads, Feb 1999

Agriculture, set-asideFarmers to be encouraged to mow land early resulting in “massacre” of game, May 1993

Agriculture, subsidies and fraudCAP spending and fraud out of control, Aug 1993

Aircraft, low flying jetsMOD to be forced to pay compensation for military jet noise pollution, Dec 1995

Alcohol salesEU ‘bans boozing’, Feb 2005

Ale, nameLight ale to be forced to change its name, May 2005

AmbulancesFalse alarm over 999 calls, Dec 2006

AmbulancesAmbulances turn yellow for Europe, Mar 2002

Ambulances, St JohnsEU to force St Johns Ambulances to replace its entire fleet, Apr 2002

America - Let’s quit the EU and link up with America, Oct 1998

Animals, use of human medicinesHuman medicines to be forbidden for use on animals, Feb/Mar 1995

Anthem, EuropeanEuropeans to find themselves singing about “the motherland”, Feb 2004

Apples, Apple orchardsBritish apple orchards to lose out to over productive continental farms, Mar 1995

Apples, DanishEC regulations forbid the marketing of Ingrid Marie apple, Nov 1992

Apples, standardsQuality standards ban curved cucumbers and certain apples, Jun 1993

Aristocrats, and wine labelsEC to register aristocrats to check for improper labelling of wine, Oct 1993

Army vehiclesArmy to be forced to upgrade trailers in line with EU Directive, Jun 2005

Asylum lawsMisunderstanding between EU and UN asylum laws,  Feb 2000

Aviation‘Open Skies’ treaty threatens fight agains global warming, Feb 2006


B

Baby rattlesEC to ban noisy toys, Jan 1996

BagpipesEU safety directives to ban playgrounds, trapeze artists and bagpipes, Aug 2005

Bagpipes, noise levelsBagpipes to be quietened by an edict from Brussels, Apr 2008

BailoutEU demanding £6bn from Britain for a new bailout, Sep 2013

BalloonsEU bans children from blowing up balloons, Oct 2011

BananasCurved or small bananas to be banned by Brussels, Sep 1994

BananasCurved bananas, Mar 1998

Bananas, funding£3billion for bananas, Feb 2013

Bank accounts, ID requirements when openingChildren to be prevented from opening bank accounts due to ID laws, Apr 1995

BarmaidsEU health directive to prevent barmaids from showing cleavage, Nov 2005

BarometersPreassure rises on Britain’s barometer makers, Mar 2006

Barrister’s wigsTraditional barrister’s wig to be scrapped, Apr 2002

Bed & Breakfasts, dogs inRules on whether dogs may be allowed in B&B kitchens or not, Mar 2006

Beer, aleLight ale gets a name change, May 2005

Bells, churchEU law bans church bells, Oct 2002

Benefits, free movement, residency, NHSEU rights to reside in another member state, EU benefit claimants and NHS treatment entitlement, Feb 2013

Benefit tourism, migration600,000 unemployed EU migrants in the UK, October 2013

Binge drinkingEU wants binge tax on our beer, Feb 2006

Bingo, phrases usedEU wants to ban bingo callers from using phrases like “two fat ladies”, Dec 2009

Black boxesEU wants one in every car, Nov 2009

Birth certificatesEU to force the UK to change or abolish national birth certificates, Aug 2013

Buy one, get one free2-for-1 bargains to be banned, Sep 1999

Bombay mixBombay mix to be renamed Mumbai mix, Jul 2006

BonesButchers cannot give a dog a bone, May 2004

Books, standardisation of pricesBritain’s book export trade to be damaged by new price standardisations, May 1993

Books, VATUK government forced to abolish zero rate VAT on books and newspapers, Mar 1993

BoozeEU ‘bans boozing’, Feb 2005

Bottles and squeeze tubes, food outletsCondiments must be offered in sachets, Apr 1993

Brainwashing , EU propagandaEU brainwashing children, Jan 2012

Brandy butterTraditional brandy butter to be banned, Jun 1998

Bread, sizeBritish loaf of bread under threat from EU, Oct 1997

Breakfast, fry-upsTraditional trucker’s fry-ups to be banned, Sep 2001

British meatEU wants to ban Union flag from British meat packs, Sep 2013

Broadcasting, licence feesEC planning to ban license fees as “state aids”, Sep 1994

Budget airlines, EU staffEU officials banned from flying Ryanair, Mar 2012

Buildings, indoor air pollution researchEU trying to quantify smell of British workers, Sep 1996

Bull barsEU halting British move to ban bull bars, Apr 1995

BulldogsEU seeks to outlaw 60 dog breeds, Jul 1995

Bus drivers –  Driven crazy by barmy bus driver Brussels ruling, Jan 1999

Buses, double-deckerEU safety rules will dispose of London double-decker, Jan 1995

Buses, double-deckerDouble-decker buses to be banned, Apr 1998

Buses, journeysPassengers to pay a second fare for journeys over 30 miles, Jan 1999

Buses, passengers on ‘closed door tours’EC regulations forbid the carrying of British passengers, Nov 1992

Buses, seat beltsBritain powerless to introduce new seat belt laws without backing from the EC, Nov 1993

Business, red tape - UK businesses strangled by EU red tape, Oct 2013

Butchers (see also Meat products)EC closes butchers shops, Nov 1992


C

CakesEU bans eating competition cakes, Aug 2008

Cannons21-gun salutes to be muffled, Mar 2006

Car boot salesBrussels threatens charity shops and car boot sales, Oct 2000

Cars, vintage - Vintage cars to be forcibly removed from the road, Jun 1999

Cars, washingEC to demand petrol interceptors in drains or ban car washing, Nov 1993

Casinos, ID requirementsID required at casinos, Apr 1995

CensusEU asks women about their sex lives, Nov 2007

Chalet girlsChalet girls to face extinction from foreign employment directive, Nov 1994

Charity shopsBrussels threatens charity shops and car boot sales, Oct 2000

Charity shops, toysCharity shops banned from selling second hand toys, Nov 1992

Cheese, BritishBritish cheese face extinction, May 1999

Cheese, CaerphillyCaerphilly cheese production halted due to EU rules, Apr 1995

Cheese, listeria inEC rules on levels of listeria threaten British cheeses, Feb 1995

Cheese, serving temperatureEC moves to ban Ploughman’s sandwiches with new cheese temperature regulations,  Jun 1993

Cheese, soft cheeseMilk-based product directive to outlaw soft cheeses, Nov 1992

Child labourEU meddlers ban kids on milk rounds, Aug 1998

Chinese toysChinese toy imports are to be banned unless humanlike in form, Jul 1994

Chips, pricesPotato prices set to soar due to bad crop and EU rules, Jan 1995

ChocolateChocolote or ‘vegelate’, Apr 1998

Christmas, costumesMother Christmas outfits are the result of sex discrimination laws, Oct 2001

Christmas puddings, Royal NavyEU bans wooden oars for stirring the Christmas Pudding, Nov 1992

Christmas treesEC to promote standardised Christmas trees, Nov 1992

Church, bellsVillage church bells silenced by EU, Oct 2002

Church, VATEU to may churches pay full VAT, Sep 2003

Cigars, health warning and pub salesSales of cigars to fall due to be sold individually with a health warning, Jan 1994

CircusesCircus performers required to wear hard hats, Jul 2003

CircusesEU safety directives to ban playgrounds, trapeze artists and bagpipes, Aug 2005

Climbers, heightMountains must display height warning signs for climbers, Mar 2004

Climbers, safety wedgesBrussels bans climbers’ safety wedges, Feb 1995

Climbers, safety wedgesBrussels to take the fun out of climbing, Jul 1995

Clothing, designerUK supermarkets banned from issuing sales on designer clothes, Aug 1998

Clothing, kiltsKilts to be classified as women’s wear, November 2003

Clothing, women’s sizesWomen’s clothes sizes to get bigger due to standardisation, April 2002

Clothing, zipsEU plans to ban zipper trousers, May 1999

Clotted creamCornish clotted cream to be made in Brittany, Mar 1998

Coaches, seat beltsBritain powerless to introduce new seat belt laws without backing from the EC, Nov 1993

Coaches, to replace busesEU safety rules will dispose of London double-decker, Jan 1995

CocklesScores of foreign boats to invade Essex coast – Nov 1992

CocklesCockle traders to be forced to buy expensive steaming equipment, Feb 1993

CodCod no longer to be called cod thanks to EU, Sep 2001

CoffinsEC to standardise coffins sizes, Feb 1993

Combine harvesters“Ludicrous” EU regulation bans using combine harvesters in the wet, Oct 2008

Commission, buildingEC to build £900 million tower for staff, Mar 1993

Commission, hot-air balloonsCommission wasting hundreds of thousands on hot-air balloons, Nov 1992

Commission, libraryEC library to cost £2,138 for every book borrowed, Feb 2005

Commission, pensionsEU staff retire early with huge pensions, Aug 2005

Commission, staff pay and taxEC employees are over-paid and do not pay tax, Mar 1993

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)CAP spending and fraud out of control, Aug 1993

Common Fisheries PolicyCommon Fisheries Policy is illegal under British law, Jan 1993

Common Fisheries Policy, seabedEU plot to seize control of our seabed, Feb 2013

Competition prizesPlan to cap prizes, Mar 2003

CondimentsCondiments must be offered in sachets, Apr 1993

CondomsCondom dimensions to be harmonised, Mar 2000

Condoms, for fishermenFishing boats obliged to carry condoms, Nov 1992

Condoms, testing ofEU to push for standard condom size, Oct 1994

Consumer protection, dangerous productsUK to be invaded by poor quality products, Jan 1993

CopyrightEU vote could curb taping of music and TV programmes , Feb 1999Copyright, video recordingsCopyright Tax to be levied on all home VCR recordings, Mar 2000

CorgisCorgis to be banned by EU, Apr 2002

Corporal punishmentEU Court may ban smacking, Jun 1998

CorpsesEU plans to liquify corpses and pour them down the drain, July 2010

Cosmetics and personal care productsRow over Latin labels, May 1999

CottonEU plans for cotton duty ‘will cost jobs’, Jun 1998

Country of originBags made in the UK from leather made in Italy will no longer be able to use a “Made in Britain” tag, Aug 2013

Court of Auditors reportEU accounts not signed off…again, Nov 2013

Cow gut violin stringsEU bans cow gut violin strings, Nov 2011

Cricket teasTraditional cricket teas will be subjected to random hygiene checks, Apr 1993

Crime, victimsEU favours criminals over victims, Mar 2012

Crisps, prawn cocktailEC to ban prawn cocktail crisps, Jan 1993

Crisps, smoky baconSmoky bacon crisps to be banned, May 2003

CucumbersEC to ban curved cucumbers, May 1993

CucumbersCucumbers must be straight, Mar 1998

CucumbersQuality standards ban curved cucumbers and certain apples, Jun 1993

CurriculumBrussels to develop Europe-wide school curriculum, Aug 2000

Curriculum Vitae (CV)Euro CV to create more discrimination, Feb 2002


D

Darts, to be banned in pubsCommission plans to outlaws darts in pubs, Jun 1993

Data protection, and journalismData protection laws to “kill-off” investigative journalism,  Oct 1993

DentistryEU outlaws teeth whitening products, Feb 2003

Designer goodsOn Sale: The designer bargains Brussels banned, Aug 1998

DevolutionDevolution is an EU scam, Dec 1998

Diplomatic immunityEU workers immune from law, Mar 2005

DIYEU rules ban the DIY electricians, Nov 2004

Doctors, language skillsUK hospital have to employ people who do not speak English, Apr 2012

Doctors and GPs, trainingHundreds of GPs to be forced to acquire additional qualifications, Sep 1994

Doctors and GPs, working hours58 hour working week will ground hospitals to a halt, Aug 2004

Doctors and GPs, working hoursUK doctors unable to treat off shore patients at night, Feb 1999

Dogs, breedingEU seeks to outlaw 60 dog breeds, Jul 1995

Dogs, breedingQueen’s corgis to be outlawed, Apr 2002

Dogs, dog bonesGiving a dog a bone is to be banned, May 2004

Domain namesAll “.co.uk” domain names to replaced with “.eu”, Feb 2000

Double-decker busesEU safety rules will dispose of London double-decker, Jan 1995

Double-decker busesDouble-decker buses to be banned, Apr 1998

Drink-driving limitsEU to cut drink-driving limits, Jan 2001

Driving licences, HGV driversHGV drivers not permitted to wear glasses, Feb 1996

Dumping, fridgesEU environmental plans lead to thousands of dumped fridges, Nov 2004


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Eco-labels, toiletsEU wants to regulate toilets, Oct 2013

Economat – Officials shop tax-free in exclusive Brussels supermarket, Sep 1999

EggsNew eggs cannot be called eggs, Aug 2000

Eggs, sold by the dozen - EU plans to ban the sale of eggs by the dozen, Jun 2010

EggsEU orders eggs to be stamped with home address, Feb 2003

ElectionsEU may force UK to give criminals vote, Feb 2006

Electrical goods, voltageEU voltage harmonisation plan threatens British appliances, Feb 1995

Electric blanketsRegulators to set maximum heat of electric blankets, leaving pensioners cold, Oct 1993

Electric plugsUK to be forced to adopt continental two pin plug, Jun 1994

E-mark999 services safe from EU interference, Oct 2001

Emergency numberBritain to phase out 999 emergency number, Jan 2000

Emissions trading schemeEU green levy will add £130 to the cost of a family holiday, Jan 2012

English ChannelEnglish Channel to be re-named ‘Anglo-French Pond’, Apr 2010

Environment‘Open Skies’ treaty threatens fight agains global warming, Feb 2006

EU accounts, Court of Auditors reportEU accounts not signed off…again, Nov 2013

EU costBritain’s payments to Brussels rises by £500m, Aug 2009

EU flagBrussels forces Government department to fly EU flag, June 2012

EU flagUK authorities forced to fly EU flag, Jan 2014

EU flag sports teamsEU stipulates that sports teams should wear the EU flag, Nov 2011

Euro see Single Currency

European Rapid Reaction ForceEU launches its own army, Nov 2000

ExamsEU to scrap British exams, Jan 2000

Excavated earthExcavated earth to become waste, March 1995

Eye tests, for HGV driversHGV drivers not permitted to wear glasses, February 1996


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Farms, toysFarmers forced to issue pigs with toys, Jan 2003

Farms, tractorsTractors to be banned from soggy fields, Jan 2005

Firearms, sale ofBritain to be flooded with cheap weapons thanks to the single market, Jan 1993

Fire doors, required when working from homeSelf-employed home-workers must equip their houses with fire doors, Jun 1993

Fire exit signsRunning battle over fire exit rules, Dec 1998

Firemen, fireman’s poleFireman’s pole to be axed by European law, Jun 2002

Firemen, uniformsNew uniforms for firemen, Nov 1992

Fire protection, furnitureWill the single market ban foam-filled furniture?, Jan 1993

FireworksEC to weaken firework safety standards, Oct 1993

Fisheries, Common Fisheries PolicyCommon Fisheries Policy is illegal under British law, Jan 1993

Fishermen, hairnetsCommission to force fishermen to wear hair-nets, Oct 1992

Fishing boats, condom suppliesFishing boats obliged to carry condoms, Nov 1992

Fishing boats, medical kitsSmall inshore fishing boats to be forced to carry extensive medical kits, Dec 1994

Fishing boats, secret holds and quotasUK fish quota being stolen aided by “conspicuous” lack of inspectors, Jul 1993

Fish, labelling –  EU to force retailers to call fish by their Latin names, Sep 2001

Fish processing, smellsEC Directive orders “fishy smell” to be contained, Jan 1994

Flag, EU flagUK authorities forced to fly EU flag, Jan 2014

Flushing, toilets, eco-labelsEU wants to regulate toilets, Oct 2013

Food, ingredientsHome-made cakes must be labelled with all ingredients, Jul 2004

Food, ingredientsWomen’s Institute home-made produce requires full list of ingredients, Jun 2005

Food hygiene, cricket teasTraditional cricket teas will be subjected to random hygiene checks, Apr 1993

Food, meatLocal meat products under threat from new EC Health Directives,  Jan 1993

Food, rare meat in restaurantsRare meat to be banned due to “too much bacteria”, Sep 1993

Food, street vendorsStreet vendors face closure due to an EC food hygiene Directive, Nov 1992

Food products, tin cansQueries over tin can standardisation, Mar 1993

Foodstuffs, colours forCommission outlaws dyes which give haddocks their distinctive golden hue, Jan 1993

Foodstuffs, condiments in sachetsCondiments must be offered in sachets, Apr 1993

Food supplementsEC to stop UK citizens taking extra strong multi-vitamin pills, Feb 1993

Food waste, for swans, charities etc.Feeding swans and homeless people to require license, Feb 1994

Football matches, noiseNoise regulations to require club, pub and football goers to wear earplugs, Mar 2002

Free movement, residency, benefits, NHSEU rights to reside in another member state, EU benefit claimants and NHS treatment entitlement, Feb 2013

Fridges, temperatureBarmy EU colder fridges’ order will cost us £100m, Dec 2011

Fridges, dumpingEU environmental plans lead to thousands of dumped fridges, Nov 2004

Fruit and vegetables (see also Apples; Bananas; Cucumbers; Leeks; Mushy peas; Nectarines; Peaches; Rhubarb; Strawberries), quality standards – Quality standards ban curved cucumbers and certain apples, Jun 1993

FuneralsTraditional Irish funerals under threat, Apr 2006

Furniture, foam-filled (fire protection)Will the single market ban foam-filled furniture?, Jan 1993


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Gambling venues, ID requirementsID required at casinos, Apr 1995

Game birds, emtryl - EC rules will ruin rearers of game birds, Jan 1996

Game birdsFarmers to be encouraged to mow land early resulting in “massacre” of game, May 1993

Game birds, wild game meatHunters to be required to carry a fridge and be accompanied by a vet, Jan 1993

Gardening, plantsEU wants to ban sale of British plants, Sep 2013

Gin, round vs. square bottlesGin to be sold in round bottles for the Single Market, Oct 1993

Global warming‘Open skies’ treaty threatens fight against global warming, Feb 2006

GoldBritish hallmark for silver and gold to be replaced, March 1993

GPs see Doctors and GPs

Grimsby, fishy smellEC Directive orders “fishy smell” to be contained, Jan 1994


H

Habeas CorpusEU set to abandon habeas corpus, Nov 1998

Haddock, dye forCommission outlaws dyes which give haddocks their distinctive golden hue, Jan 1993

Hairdressers, safety at workEU bans high heels for salon staff, Apr 2012

Hairnets, fishermenCommission to force fishermen to wear hair-nets, Oct 1992

HallmarksHallmarks on jewellery, Mar 1998

HallmarksBritish hallmark for silver and gold to be replaced, Mar 1993

Hallmarks“Made in Britain” label to be scrapped, Nov 2003

Hard hatsCircus performers must wear hard hats, Jul 2003

HedgerowsBrussels to tear up hedgerows, Mar 2000

Herbal curesBrussels to ban herbal cures, Mar 1999

Herbal medicinesLicense to be required to sell herbal medicines, Oct 1994

Herbal medicinesUpdate on whether license to be required to sell herbal medicines, Nov 1994

HGV drivers, driving licences and eye testsHGV drivers not permitted to wear glasses, Feb 1996

HGV rulesBarmy EU rule which forces mechanics to carry out specialist driving training is to be scrapped, Aug 2013

History, teaching ofHistory programmes to be more euro-centric, Jul 1999

Holidays, package toursPackage tour firms may only be paid once customers have returned home, Nov 1993

Home-made produce, ingredientsWomen’s Institute home-made produce requires full list of ingredients, Jun 2005

Home working, fire doors requiredSelf-employed home-workers must equip their houses with fire doors, Jun 1993

Horses, veterinary productsHorses to no longer receive medicine that would make them unsafe for consumption, Jan 1994

Hot-air balloonsCommission wasting hundreds of thousands on hot air balloons, Nov 1992


I

ID, European IDEuropean identity cards to be required by all EU citizens, Sep 1999

ID, required for gambling venuesID required at casinos, Apr 1995

ID, requirements for opening bank accountsChildren to be prevented from opening bank accounts due to ID laws, Apr 1995

Immunity, DiplomaticEU workers immune from law, Mar 2005

Island, definition ofBureaucrats declare Britain is “not an island”, Jan 2003


J

Jam jars - Reusing jars for homemade jams for sale at charity events, Oct 2012

Jam, sugar contentEU wants to cut minimum sugar content in jam, Nov, 2013

Jets, low-flyingMOD to be forced to pay compensation for military jet noise pollution, Dec 1995

Journalism, and data protectionData protection laws to “kill-off” investigative journalism, Oct 1993

Justice (see also European Court of Human Rights)

Justice, habeas corpusEU set to abandon habeas corpus.  Nov 1998

Justice, sentencingEU to scrap life sentence, Oct 2004

Justice, wigsTraditional barristers wig to be scrapped, Apr 2002


K

Kent, county of - Kent now part of France, Sep 2006

KiltsKilts to be classified as women’s wear, Nov 2003


L

Labelling - Row over Latin labels, May 1999

Lamp postsEC to replace traditional street lamps, Jun 1993

Language skills, doctorsUK hospitals have to employ people who do not speak English, Apr 2012

LeeksLeek sizes to be standardised by EU, Mar 2002

Library, CommissionEC library to cost £2,138 for every book borrowed, Feb 2005

Licence fees, broadcastingEC planning to ban license fees as “state aids”, Sep 1994

Licence plates, motor vehiclesCommission to push for euro-wide licence plate,  Oct 1994

License platesBrussels to ban British emblems on licence plates, Aug 1999

Life sentencingEU to scrap life sentence, Oct 2004

Light aleWhat’s in a name, May 2005

Light bulbsLight bulbs lose wattage marking, May 2009

ListeriaHysteria about listeria, Feb 1995

Lollipop ladiesEU to ban lollipop ladies’ sticks, Jul 1999

Lollipop signsLollipop signs to receive European wide harmonised design, Jun 1995

LorriesNew EU rules will wipe out 17,000 lorry firms, Jun 1998


M

Made in Britain - Bags made in the UK from leather made in Italy will no longer be able to use a “Made in Britain” tag, Aug 2013

MapsNo EU plans to abolish Britain!, Apr 2008

MapsKent now part of France, Sep 2006

Maps, UKEU redraws map of the UK, Apr 1999

MapsBureaucrats declare Britain is “not an island”,  Jan 2003

Maps, LondonTrafalgar Square and Waterloo station to be renamed, Oct 2003

Meat, British, Union flagEU wants to ban Union flag from British meat packs, Sep 2013

Meat, pork chopsPork chops can no longer be sold with kidneys, Feb 1993

Meat, rare, in restaurantsRare meat to be banned due to “too much bacteria”, Sep 1993

Meat products, hygiene standardsLocal meat products under threat from new EC Health Directives, Jan 1993

Media, control, regulationBrussels wants to control media regulators, Jan 2013

Medical kits, for fishing boatsSmall inshore fishing boats to be forced to carry extensive medical kits, Dec 1994

Medicines (see also Veterinary products)

Medicines, herbalLicense to be required to sell herbal medicines, Oct 1994

Medicines, herbalUpdate on whether license to be required to sell herbal medicines, Nov 1994

Medicines, labellingMedicines to receive Latin labelling, May 1999

Medicines, use of human medicines on animalsHuman medicines to be forbidden for use on animals, Feb/Mar 1995

MetricationBrussels drive to rob us of British identity, June 2010

MetricationEU imposes metric measurements on UK, Jan 2001

MetricationPinta and loaf packaging under threat, Jan 2006

Metrication, acresAcres are outlawed by Brussels, Jul 2008

Metrication, sale of  mixed drink pintsEU to ban sales of mixed drink pints in pubs,  Nov 1994

Metrication, weighing instrumentsDelicacies must be sold in quantities over one and a quarter pounds, Feb 1995

Metrication, wine salesWine must be served in government stamped glasses by standard quantities, Dec 1994

MigrationOutrage as EU stitch Brits up over migrants, Jun 2003

Migration, benefitsBrussels grabbing UK welfare, 2012

Migration, benefit tourism600,000 unemployed EU migrants in the UK, October 2013

Migration, tax avoidanceEU migrants can avoid tax in the UK, Jan 2014

Military, army vehiclesArmy to be forced to upgrade trailers in line with EU Directive, Jun 2005

Milk, bottlesEU to ban glass milk bottles, Jul 2001

Milk, butter - Traditional brandy butter to be banned, Jun 1998

Milk, doorstep pintOpen air floats and glass bottles to face ban under hygiene laws, Mar 1993

Milk, jugs - Euro meddlers rule we can’t have milk jugs, Feb 2010

Milk, milk-roundsChildren will be banned from milk-rounds due to EU directive, Aug 1998

Milk, soyaSoya milk indistinguishable from cow milk and thus to be banned, April 1995

Milk, yoghurtEU plans to rename yogurt, Nov 2003

Milk of MagnesiaEU to ban Milk of Magnesia, Jul 2013

Mince piesEU to rename mince pies, Oct 2002

Model railwaysModel railways under threat from EU, May 2002

Money launderingChildren to be prevented from opening bank accounts due to ID laws, Apr 1995

Money launderingID required at casinos, Apr 1995

Mother Christmas outfitsPolitically correct Eurocrats say Santa must be a woman, Oct 2001

Motor vehicles, bull barsEU halting British move to ban bull bars, Apr 1995

Motor vehicles, car washingEC to demand petrol interceptors in drains or ban car washing, Nov 1993

Motor vehicles, licence platesCommission to push for euro-wide licence plate, Oct 1994

Motor vehicles, MOT testsBritish MOT tests to be made less stringent, Apr 1994

Motor vehicles, trailersArmy to be forced to upgrade trailers in line with EU Directive, Jun 2005

Motorway parapetsCouncils required to upgrade motorway parapets, Feb 1994

Mountaineering see Climbers; Rescue services

Mountains, signs – “High up” signs to be put on mountains, Mar 2004

MPs, RomaEU could impose quotas of Roma MPs in the UK, Sep 2013

Murderers, release datesCompulsory release dates for murderers, Mar 1994

Mushy peasCommission to outlaw mushy peas, Aug 1995

MushroomsEU rule may cut mushroom jobs, Aug 1998

MusselsShellfish must be given rest breaks whilst on journeys, Jan 1996

Mustard, FrenchEU axes French mustard, Apr 2001


N

News channel, EuroEuropean news network and soap opera authorised by EC, Jun 1993

Newspaper delivery, by young peopleYoung people forced to give up paper rounds, Nov 1992

Newspapers, VATUK government forced to abolish zero rate VAT in books and newspapers, Mar 1993

NHS, benefits, free movement, residencyEU rights to reside in another member state, EU benefit claimants and NHS treatment entitlement, Feb 2013

Noise pollution, bagpipesEU safety directives to ban playgrounds, trapeze artists and bagpipes,  Aug 2005

Noise pollution, bagpipesBagpipes to be quietened by an edict from Brussels, Apr 2008

Noise pollution, Cannons21-gun salutes to be muffled, Mar 2006

Noise pollution, church bellsVillage church bells silenced by EU, Oct 2002

Noise pollution, low-flying jetsMOD to be forced to pay compensation for military jet noise pollution, Dec 1995

Noise pollution, night clubs and pubsNoise regulations to require club, pub and football goers to wear earplugs, Mar 2002

Noise pollution, toysEC to ban noisy toys, Jan 1996

Noise pollution, earmuffs at work - EU to enforce earmuff ruling, Jan 2002

Number platesBrussels imposes EU flag on car number plates, Aug 1998

Nurses, traditional belts and bucklesNurses uniform to be dictated by Brussels, Oct 1996


O

Oak treesEU to prevent the sale of English oak seeds, Nov 1994

Off-licensesEU to ban British off-licenses, Feb 2005

OilEU to seize UK oil stock, May 2003

OlympicsEU funds Athens Olympics rescue, Apr 2004

Origin marking“Made in Britain” labels to be axed, Jan 2004

Ovens, wood burningBrussels to ban wood burning ovens, Dec 1999


P

Package tours, passenger transportEC regulations forbid the carrying of British passengers, Nov 1992

PackagingPinta and loaf packing under threat from EU, Jan 2006

Packaging, British meatEU wants to ban Union flag from British meat packs, Sep 2013

Paddling poolsPaddling pools deeper than 12 inches must have full-time lifeguard, Jan 1993

PassportsEuropean passport will replace national passports, Oct 2000

PassportsHer Majesty to be removed from UK passports, Sep 2007

PastaFresh pasta banned, Apr 2002

PeachesEurocrats to ban small fruits, Jul 2001

Peas, mushyCommission to outlaw mushy peas, Aug 1995

PensionsEurocrat pensioners dodge taxes, July 2012

Pensions, final salary schemeEU will force the closure of final salary pensions chemes, Feb 2012

Petrol stations, control of petrol storage emissionsHundreds of small petrol stations to be forced to meet new Vapour regulations, Feb 1993

Petrol stations, use of jerrycansEC legislation forbids the use of jerrycans on garage forecourts, Apr 1993

Pets, deadDead pets must be pressure cooked before burial, Mar 2000

Phones, poll tax (see also Telephone enquiries)

Phone taxCommission to tax every phone line £30, Sep 2000

Pies, minceEU to rename mince pies, Oct 2002

Pigs, toys - Farmers forced to issue pigs with toys, Jan 2003

Pine trees, rosinRosin to be banned from use in products, Apr 1995

Pints, legality of sale in pubsEU to ban sales of mixed drink pints in pubs, Nov 1994

Pizza ovensWood burning ovens to be banned, Dec 1999

Pizza, sizesEU to regulate pizza sizes, Oct 1994

Place namesEU to rename UK place names, Oct 2003

Planes, low flying jetsMOD to be forced to pay compensation for military jet noise pollution, Dec 1995

PlantsEU money wasted on plants and wildlife, Aug 2001

PlantsEU wants to ban sale of British plants, Sep 2013

Plasma screen TVsBanning plasma TVs, Jan 2009

Playgrounds, safetyEU safety directives to ban playgrounds, trapeze artists and bagpipes, Aug 2005

Playgrounds, safetySafety rules force the closure of UK playgrounds, Oct 2003

Playgrounds, safety, speed limitsSpeed limits to be enforced on children’s roundabouts, Oct 2004

Playgrounds, safety, swingsA village has to remove its swings due to safety rules, Jan 2003

Plugs, Euro-plugsUK to be forced to adopt continental two pin plug, Jun 1994

Police, EuropeanA European integrated police force to be implemented, Apr 2001

Political parties, canvassing and direct mailPolitical parties to be banned from canvassing and advertising, Nov 1993

Political parties, fundingEU to fund the Labour and LibDems but not the Conservatives, Jan 2000

PoppiesRemembrance Day poppies to face VAT charge, Aug 2003

Pork chopsPork chops can no longer be sold with kidneys, Feb 1993

PornographyUK screens being flooded by pornography as a result of new EC directive, Jan 1993

Postcards, saucy seasideEC to ban “sexist” saucy seaside postcards, Mar 1993

Potato pricesPotato prices set to soar due to bad crop and EU rules, Jan 1995

Prams, second handEC to prevent the sale of second hand prams, Jan 1993

Prawn cocktail crispsEC to ban prawn cocktail crisps, Jan 1993

Prison release datesEU rules on compulsory release dates for murderers, Mar 1994

PrizesEU to ban prizes over 70k on prize shows, May 2003

Promotions2-for1 bargains to be banned, Sep 1999

Propaganda, brainwashingEU brainwashing children, Jan 2012

Public procurement rulesHow EU rules weeded out Parliament’s loyal florist, Jul 2013

Pubs, barmaidsEU health directive to prevent barmaids from showing cleavage, Aug 2005

Pubs, dartsCommission plans to outlaws darts in Pubs, Jun 1993

Pubs, languageYou’re alright, love – The EU is not banning saying ‘love’ in pubs, Mar 2008

Pubs, noiseNoise regulations to require club, pub and football goers to wear earplugs, Mar 2002

Pubs, price list displayEC planning to make British pubs display their price lists, Jul 1993

Pubs, sale of cigars - Sales of cigars to fall due to be sold individually with a health warning, Jan 1994

Pubs, sale of pintsEU to ban sales of mixed drink pints in pubs, Nov 1994


Q

The Queen, dogsQueen’s corgis to be outlawed – Apr 2002

Queen, teaQueen to be forced to get her own tea, Feb 1999


R

Recycling - Sex toys must be handed in, Feb 2004

Recycling -  EU regulations will force householders to use 5 bins for recycling, Aug 2013

Red tape, business - UK businesses strangled by EU red tape, Oct 2013

RefugeesMisunderstanding between EU and UN asylum laws, Feb 2000

Regional governmentsVeil is lifted on new order for Britain, Dec 1998

Regions, covert governance - Brussels to bypass national governments via regions,  Apr 1998

Regions, mapEU redraws map of the UK, Apr 1999

Regions, mapA Europe without the UK, Apr 1999

Regions, devolutionDevolution is an EU scam, Dec 1998

Remembrance Day, poppiesRemembrance Day poppies to face VAT charge, Aug 2003

Rescue services, mountainsNew procurement rules threaten rescue teams, Mar 1995

Rescue services, emergency numberBritain to phase out 999 emergency number,  Jan 2000

Residency, benefits, free movement, NHSEU rights to reside in another member state, EU benefit claimants and NHS treatment entitlement, Feb 2013

Restaurants, rare meatRare meat to be banned due to “too much bacteria”, Sep 1993

RhubarbBritish rhubarb must be straight, Jun 1996

Roads, motorway parapetsCouncils required to upgrade motorway parapets, Feb 1994

Roads, numbersEurocrats change traditional road numbers, Sep 2001

Rocking horsesEU to ban rocking horses, Nov 2003

Roma, MPsEU could impose quotas of Roma MPs in the UK, Sep 2013

RoundaboutsSpeed limits to be enforced on children’s roundabouts, Oct 2004

Royal Navy, Christmas puddingsEU bans wooden oars for stirring the Christmas Pudding, Nov 1992

Rubbish collectionsEU regulations will force householders to use 5 bins for recycling, Aug 2013


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Safety at work, hairdressers,EU bans high heels for salon staff, Apr 2012

SausageThe infamous” euro-sausage” threatens British bangers, Jun 2001

Schools, lessons abroad for pupilsEuropean secondary school pupils to spend a “free” year abroad, Apr 1993

Scooters10m scooters face axe in ‘cat’ call, Oct 1998

Scotch whiskyEC interference in whisky distilleries, Nov 1992

Scotch whiskyScotch whisky must be handled as a dangerous chemical, Nov 1995

Seat belts, on coaches and busesBritain powerless to introduce new seat belt laws without backing from the EC, Nov 1993

SexEU asks women about their sex lives, Nov 2007

Sex discriminationEU to end deals on the golf course, Oct 2001

Sex toysWomen to be forced to hand in old sex toys, Feb 2004

ShandyBrussels ban on pints of shandy, Jan 1999

Shellfish, cocklesScores of foreign boats to invade Essex coast, Nov 1992

ShellfishCockle-traders to be forced to buy expensive steaming equipment, Feb 1993

Shellfish, musselsShellfish must be given rest breaks whilst on journeys, Jan 1996

Shellfish, whelksWhelks have to be stored at an EC regulated temperature,  Oct 1993

Shepherds’ crooksCarved horns to be banned, Apr 2000

ShoesEU anti-dumping measures lead to price hike, Apr 2000

Signs“High up” signs to be put on mountains, Mar 2004

Silver (see also Hallmarks) - British hallmark for silver and gold to be replaced, Mar 1993

Silver Cross pramsEC to prevent the sale of second hand prams, Jan 1993

Single currency, health – The single currency can bring on depression, May 1999

Single currency, healthNickel in euro coins will make you sick, Dec 2001

Single currency, healthEuro notes responsible for impotency, Mar 2002

Ski resorts, snowEC to prevent skiing when depth of snow is less than 20 cm,  Nov 1992

SlaughterhousesEC hygiene rules force closure of abattoirs, Nov 1992

Smacking, ban ofEU Court may ban smacking, Jun 1998

Smell, research intoEU trying to quantify smell of British workers, Sep 1996

SmokingEU ban on ciggie breaks? Just hot air, Jun 2007

Soap Opera, EuroEuropean news network and soap opera authorised by EC, Jun 1993

Soya milkSoya milk indistinguishable from cow milk and thus to be banned, Apr 1995

Speed controlBrussels to impose speed controls, Sep 2013

Staff, pay and tax of EU civil servantsEC employees are over-paid and do not pay tax, March 1993

Staff, pensionsEU staff retire early with huge pensions, Aug 2005

Statistics, collection of intra-Community trade - Collection of intra-EC trade statistics to fall on businesses, Jan 1993

Steam trains, driversNew safety legislation prevents drivers from operating steam trains, Jul 1994

Steam trains, miniatureDirective will ban boilers for miniature locomotives, May 2002

StrawberriesStrawberries must be oval, Mar 1998

Street lighting, brightnessEU regulations require brighter street lighting, Jan 1995

Street lighting, lamp postsEC to replace traditional street lamps, Jun 1993

Street vendors, food hygieneStreet vendors face closure due to an EC food hygiene Directive, Nov 1992

Students, lessons abroad forEuropean secondary school pupils to spend a “free” year abroad, Apr 1993

Subsidiarity, prize for definition ofPresident of EC offers prize for definition of the term “subsidiarity”, Oct 1993

Sugar content, jamEU wants to cut minimum sugar content in jam, Nov, 2013

Suntans, barmaidsEU health directive to prevent barmaids from showing cleavage, Nov 2005

Suntan, CommissionerEU to get a “Suntan Commissioner”, Jun 2005

Sweets, advertisingSwedish Presidency will force a ban on sweet and toy ads, Feb 1999

Sweets, unwrappedBrussels to forbid unwrapped sweets, Aug 1993

Swimming pools, safety standardsPaddling pools deeper than 12 inches must have full-time lifeguard, Jan 1993

Swings - A village has to remove its swings due to safety rules, Jan 2003


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Tax avoidance, migrationEU migrants can avoid tax in the UK, Jan 2014

Tax harmonisation, sovereigntyTax harmonisation programme will remove all tax powers from member states, Nov 1998

Tax harmonisation, GermanophobiaGerman finance ministers can abolish UK tax veto, Dec 1998

Tax, phonesBrussels to tax every phone line £30, Sep 2000

Taxi servicesLondon to face an influx of untrained taxi drivers, Jan 1993

Tea, teabagsEU to make recycling teabags illegal, Jan 2005

Tea, teasmadesTeasmades to be forbidden under new safety regulation, Feb 2002

TeethNow Brussels make bright smiles illegal, Feb 2003

Telephone enquiriesCommission to blame for new 118 enquiry number, Nov 2003

Thatching, banningEU aiming to ban thatched roofs, Oct 2004

Thatching, costEC to make thatching uneconomical, Apr 1993

Theatre seatsWest End to be hit by new seat rules, Feb 2000

Tin cansQueries over tin can standardisation, Mar 1993

Tobacco, subsidies - Brussels to reinstate tobacco subsidies, Feb 2013

ToiletsEuro-loo to replace British toilets, May 1999

ToiletsTraditional British toilet to be scrapped by Brussels, Apr 1995

Toilets, eco-labels, flushingEU wants to regulate toilets, Oct 2013

Toys, advertisingSwedish Presidency will force a ban on  sweet and toy ads, Feb 1999

Toys, imports of ChineseChinese toy imports are to be banned unless humanlike in form, Jul 1994

Toys, noisyEC to ban noisy toys, Jan 1996

Toys, sale by charity shopsCharity shops banned from selling second hand toys, Mar 1993

Toys, sexWomen to be forced to hand in old sex toys, Feb 2004

TractorsTractors to be banned from soggy fields, Jan 2005

TractorsFarmers given time-limit on tractor use, Oct 2002

Trade statistics, collection of intra-CommunityCollection of intra-EC trade statistics to fall on businesses, Jan 1993

Trafalgar SquareTrafalgar Square and Waterloo station to be renamed, Oct 2003

TrailersArmy to be forced to upgrade trailers in line with EU Directive, Jun 2005

Travel, budget airlinesEU officials banned from flying Ryanair,  Mar 2012

Truckers’ fry upsEU bans lorry drivers’ British breakfast, Sep 2001

Trees see Oaks; Pine trees

TurkeysEC to tamper with turkeys , Dec 1992

TVsBanning plasma TVs, Jan 2009


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Vaccuum cleaners, energy savingEU to ban powerful vaccuum cleaners, Jun 2013

Valentine’s Day cardsUnwanted Valentine’s cards to be defined as sexual harassment, Apr 1995

VAT, books and newspapersUK government forced to abolish zero rate VAT in books and newspapers, Mar 1993

VAT, children’s clothesEuro tax on kids’ clothes – secret VAT stitch-up revealed, Nov 1998

VAT, churchEU to may churches pay full VAT, Sep 2003

VAT, controlBritish power over VAT rates to be abolished, Mar 2000

Vegetables see Fruit and vegetables

Veterinary products, game birdsEC rules will ruin rearers of game birds, Jan 1996

Veterinary products, horsesHorses to no longer receive medicine that would make them unsafe for consumption, Jan 1994

Victory DayB17 fly pass grounded by Brussels, May 2005

Video recording and copyrightCopyright Tax to be levied on all home VCR recordings,  Mar 2000

Vitamin supplementsEC to stop UK citizens taking extra strong multi-vitamin pills, Feb 1993

Violin strings, cow gutsEU bans cow gut violin strings, Nov 2011

Vitamin supplementsEU to ban vitamin supplements, Mar 2002

Vocational trainingEU gives £1m to train Italian TV presenter “bimbos”, Jul 2003

Voltage reductionEU voltage harmonisation plan threatens British appliances, Feb 1995

VotingEU may force UK to give criminals vote, Feb 2006

VulturesEU rules blamed for vulture attacks on farm livestock, Aug 2007


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Walnuts - Brussels rules threatens walnuts, Mar 2001

Waste disposalEU law to create ‘Electrical mountain’, Mar 2002

Waste, excavated earthExcavated earth to become waste, Mar 1995

Waste, food waste for swans, charities etc.Feeding swans and homeless people to require licence, Feb 1994

Waterloo StationTrafalgar Square and Waterloo station to be renamed, Oct 2003

Water metersEvery home to be fitted with costly water meter, Aug 2000

Wattage markingsLight bulbs lose wattage markings, May 2009

Weapons, sale ofBritain to be flooded with cheap weapons thanks to the Single Market, Jan 1993

Weighing instrumentsDelicacies must be sold in quantities over one and a quarter pounds, Feb 1995

Wheat, for thatching straw (see also Thatching)

Wheat, for thatching strawEC to make thatching uneconomical, Apr 1993

Whelks, storage temperatureWhelks have to be stored at an EC regulated temperature,  Oct 1993

WhiskyEC interference in whisky distilleries, Nov 1992

WhiskyScotch whisky must be handled as a dangerous chemical, Nov 1995

WigsTraditional barristers wig to be scrapped, Apr 2002

WildlifeEU money wasted on plants and wildlife, Aug 2001

Wildlife parks, elephant symbol on signsUniversal symbol for zoos to be the image of an elephant, Jun 1993

Wine, labels, aristocratic titles onEC to register aristocrats to check for improper labelling of wine, Oct 1993

Wine, size of glassWine must be served in government stamped glasses by standard quantities, Dec 1994

Women, doctorsHundreds of GPs to be forced to acquire additional qualifications,  Sep 1994

Women, saucy postcardsEC to ban “sexist” saucy seaside postcards, Mar 1993

Valentine’s Day cardsUnwanted Valentine’s cards to be defined as sexual harassment, Apr 1995

Wood burning ovensBrussels to ban wood burning ovens, Dec 1999

Worker consultationBosses to be told what carpet to buy, Jan 2004

Working conditionsEU meddlers ban kids on milk rounds, Aug 1998

Working from home, fire doorsSelf-employed home-workers must equip their houses with fire doors, Jun 1993

Working Time Directive, doctors58 hour working week will ground hospitals to a halt, Aug 2004

Working Time Directive, doctorsUK doctors unable to treat off shore patients at night, Feb 1999

Workplace, rulesCompanies required to consult staff on colour of carpets and types of tea bags, Jan 2004


Y

YoghurtEU plans to rename yogurt, Nov 2003

YoghurtEU says Brit yoghurt has to be called Fermented Milk Pudding, Mar 2006

Yoghurt£700,000 to stop yoghurt going runny, Jan 1999

Young people, milk-roundsChildren will be banned from milk-rounds due to EU directive, Aug 1998

Young people, newspaper deliveryYoung people forced to give up paper rounds, Nov 1992

Youth in Action - EU youth programme called propaganda, Oct 2006

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ZipsEU plans to ban zipper trousers, May 1999

Zoos, elephant symbol on signsUniversal symbol for zoos to be the image of an elephant, Jun 1993

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