Phil Wilson

Fighting for the issues that matter most to you

MYTH BUSTING: The real influence of the EU on UK law making

myth_busting.pngThe issue of UK sovereignty is a big one in the EU referendum debate. But how many of our laws really come from Brussels?

If it was up to the likes of Nigel and Boris, they would have you believe all of the UK’s laws are decided by the EU's unelected bureaucrats, but this isn’t the case.

Whilst some ‘Brexiteers’ continue to vastly inflate ‘estimates’, the House of Commons Library, an independent and politically neutral research unit, has stated only 13.2% of UK instruments passed between 1993 and 2014 are EU-related.

The figure of 13.2% includes laws which simply mention the EU or define an EU term for UK purposes.

As for the claim that many of these laws are made my unelected bureaucrats, that is simply isn’t true.

The European Commission doesn’t make laws, it only puts forward proposals. Any proposals which are made by the European Commission are then debated, amended and passed by directly elected MEP’s and elected national governments.

In the North East Labour elected Labour MEP's Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen work hard to make sure this region is represented in Brussels.

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