Readers could be forgiven for thinking that 1st April – like the Spring daffodils – had arrived early this year with a splash by the Sunday Express – “EU declares war on drivers: UK motorists should pay congestion charge to drive in every town say Brussels climate change meddlers“. The so-called “exclusive” was the catalyst for other similarly misleading headlines and distortions of the facts in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Scotsman.
The European Union has no power to force local authorities to implement congestion charges or bin collection fees.
Both remain a matter for national and regional authorities. The European Union only has the powers delegated to it by Member States in the EU Treaties.