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You’re alright, love, the EU’s not banning saying ‘love’ in pubs

Monday, March 31st, 2008

“Insult to democracy and common sense” (Daily Mail, 31 March 2008)

“EU have gone too far Harriet, love” (The Sun, 1 April 2008)

 “Chat up bar girl and pub will be fined” (Daily Star, 1 April 2008)

According to the papers, all pub landlords are required to prevent customers from chatting up bar staff or calling them ‘love’ or ‘darling’ and will face unlimited damages if they fail to do so. The Sun blames this on the EU: “[Harriet Harman, the Women and Equalities Minister] has sneaked this new law through without having to bother with parliament because, as you will have guessed, it is the latest rubbish to come out of the EU.” The Mail blasts in its editorial: “Nobody voted for it. It was dreamed up by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and is now being imposed on Britain without parliamentary debate of division”. The Star is happy to hint at an EU link by stating that “Minister Harriet Harman, 57, has power under the EU to amend discrimination law.”

You’re alright, love. EU rules on equal treatment don’t get into pubs – it’s up to the national authorities, sweetheart, to decide what you can and cannot say in your local. So not to worry, poppet. And we all know, hinny, there’s plenty more nonsense where that one came from!
The aim of EU rules on equal treatment is to protect employees from any forms of discrimination or sexual harassment. However, it is up to the member state to define the specific rules for different places of employment.
Also, in general, the European Commission does not provide legal assessment on individual cases. It is for the national jurisdiction to assess in detail whether discrimination has taken place or not.

Brussels rules on serving wine by the glass?

Saturday, December 24th, 1994

Myth: Brussels is responsible for a new law forcing hotels and restaurants to serve wine by the glass only in quantities of 125ml or 175ml, or multiples. Wliatsmore each glass has to be lined, with a government-approved stamp, or be served with a government-approved stamped optic.
Source: Financial Times (24 December 1994)

Response: There is absolutely no European legislation which would have any effect on the amounts of alcohol to be served in pubs, bars and so on. This is entirely a matter for the UK Government. The relevant UK legislation is in fact the Weights and Measures (Various Foods) (Amendment) Order 1990, which came into effect on 1 January 1995.

Note for editors:
This story ought not be confused with EU legislation on units of measurement, due to come into effect in the UK this year (see our myth series no. 107). This deals with the way that units of measurement are expressed, and marks the move away from the imperial to the metric system.

EC plans to outlaw darts in pubs

Wednesday, June 16th, 1993

Myth: The European Commission is planning to outlaw the game of darts in Britain’s publisc houses as it is thought dangerous.

Response: This is not true. There are absolutely no plans of the sort.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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