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The Poms are looking forward to burning silly EU laws

The Poms are celebrating and realising that they can finally get rid of stupid EU laws that were imposed on them.

As the country reflects in the wake of the EU referendum, Leave voters are celebrating changing the course of history and breaking free from the shackles of the European Union – and its laws and regulations.

Despite the fact Britain has voted in favour of leaving the EU, this is still the start of a long process before the country officially untangles from the network of institutions in Brussels.

And among that network there were a number of bizarre – and some argued trivial – rules the Brussels bureaucracy passed.

Here are some of the more bizarre regulations the Brexiters can enjoy saying goodbye to.

1. Ban on curvy bananas and crooked cucumbers  

The first – and one which reared its head as the Brexit and Remain camps drew up their battles lines – was the banana regulation.

An example often cited as ‘legislative heavy-handedness’ was the EU ban on ‘bendy bananas’ and crooked cucumbers.

A 1994 EU regulation specified that bananas must be ‘free from abnormal curvature.’

EU rules also governed the shape of many other fruits and vegetables — cucumbers, for example, needed to be almost perfectly straight.

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Krauts call time on Olive monkeys

The Krauts have had a guts full of Greek whinging and are calling time on their economic intransigence.

Greece was on the brink of economic meltdown as Germany looked poised to push the country out of the eurozone.

With Greece about to default on a 1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) debt repayment, senior German politicians warned “enough is enough”. The Greek debt negotiations collapsed after just 45 minutes, amid fears Athens is now heading towards financial catastrophe.

Despite condemnation from European leaders following the breakup of the talks, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said: “We will patiently wait until creditors turn to realism.” He claimed the talks collapsed because European creditors wanted to slash Greek pensions and workers’ wages. Tsipras’ claims were immediately rejected by the European Commission. Guenther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, said Europe should brace itself for a “state of emergency” in Greece from July 1 if Athens did not reach an agreement with its creditors. Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany’s Social Democrats, said time was running out for Tsipras’ Government. “Everywhere in Europe, the sentiment is growing that enough is enough.”

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There will be a death for sure when the killer cows find out they have to wear nappies

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Forget Killer Cows, you are going to see Homicidal, mad as all hell psychopathic cows when they get wind of plans for them to wear nappies in Bavaria.

The other farm animals will likely die from laughter.

Bavarian farmers are angry that their famous Alpine dairy cows will apparently have to wear nappies under European Union environmental laws.

Johann Huber, whose family has farmed on the mountain slopes of Gmund am Tegernsee for over 400 years, has begun putting home made nappies on his 18 diary cows to avoid falling foul of an EU fertiliser ban.

Mr Huber said that his cow Doris had behaved well when he fitted her with a home made bovine nappy to prevent her dropping cow pats on the Alpine slopes.

“We have no standard nappies, they have not been developed commercially yet,” he said.

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The “idiot in Brussels”

Watch Peter Oborne on Jeremy Paxman’s BBC show call Amadeu Altafaj Tardio the ‘idiot in Brussels’.

Oborne writes at the Telegraph.

I am occasionally asked for news of my former sparring partner, Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, the European Commission official who is perhaps better known to some viewers of Newsnight as “the idiot in Brussels”.

BBC viewers will be happy to hear that Mr Altafaj Tardio has prospered in the two years since I repeatedly insulted him on the airwaves, leading to him dramatically stripping off his microphone and marching out of the studio (a Newsnight producer frog-marched me out very shortly afterwards).  Read more »

Another rogering for warmists, EU abandons Climate Protection Goals

The EU is moving to ditch climate protection goals as they seek ways to create and develop affordable energy solutions.

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.

The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the “reckless” way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.

But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.  Read more »

How is the socialist prescription working for France?

Socialists continue to prove they can’t run a bake sale let alone a large economy.

Restrictive labour laws, rampant unions, higher wealth taxes, high minimum wages and all the other wonders that David Cunliffe and Russel Norman get all giddy over…end result 10.5% unemployment over 40% for the under 25s, the state consuming more than 50% of GDP and a colossal debt and deficit issue.

François Hollande’s credibility is lying in tatters after figures indicated he had failed to deliver on a central government promise to “turn the tide” on unemployment by year’s end.

Riding lower in the polls than any of his postwar predecessors, the Socialist leader chose to defy predictions by the IMF, the European Commission and the vast majority of private economists to bank on a turnaround in French unemployment by the end of 2013.  Read more »

Euro Ratbags make Poms want to leave

Britain should never have joined the EU, Nigel Farage is going to be gathering support with the latest developments.

Europe’s interference is enough to want to leave, the only problem is they might well want to come here.

The European Commission is taking Britain to court over accusations it is denying EU immigrants their right to claim unemployment and family welfare benefits.

Brussels has objected to Britain’s application of an extra and “discriminatory” residency test that has stopped eligible migrants from EU countries getting benefits to which they are entitled under European free movement legislation.

Commission officials told the Telegraph that repeated meetings with the Government, including “informal contacts, had failed to bridge the impasse leading to the court challenge to British law.

“The commission believes that the UK’s so-called ‘right to reside’ test fails the EU legal ‘habitual residence’ requirement. As a result of this discriminatory test EU citizens cannot receive social security benefits, such as child benefit, to which they are entitled under European law,” said an official.  Read more »

Cameron comes good

David Cameron has come good over Europe and is getting stroppy. Europe can get stuffed:

David Cameron has vowed to get “tough” with Europe, as he threatened to veto the EU budget unless it sacks staff and cuts the pay of 4,000 officials on six-figure salaries.

The Prime Minister said he is proud of his “pretty outspoken” reputation among European leaders and stands ready to block any new spending plans that fail to tackle Brussels waste.

Speaking after a two-day summit, Mr Cameron directly challenged the EU to take “more rigorous” action to cut costs or face another veto from the UK.

“If there isn’t a deal that’s good for Britain, there won’t be a deal,” he said. “We can’t have European spending go up and up and up when we’re having to make difficult decisions in so many different areas.”

Mr Cameron said his “favourite” fact about Brussels over-spending is that 16 per cent of administrative staff at the European Commission earn more than €100,000 or more than £80,000 a year.

“What we’ve done in Britain is we have cracked down on central administration, the cost of Whitehall, and on the numbers of people employed to release money for things that are more important,” he said. “We need to see in the budget proposals that sort of rigorous approach. There is a deal that can be done but it can’t be a deal that involves spending a lot more money.”

India joins China in revolt against EU emissions charges

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India has joined China in rejecting their stupid carbon charges for airlines and threatening retribution:

The threat of an aerospace trade war between Europe and the rest of the world has escalated after India joined China in threatening retaliation over the European Commission’s carbon emissions charges.

Chinese airlines have cancelled $14bn (£8.8bn) of orders with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus following the introduction of the charges and a senior Indian official has now warned there are “lots of measures” that India could take if the EC does not back down.

“The question is, are you [the European Union] provoking the world into a trade war?’,” the official told Reuters.

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) requires airlines flying to or from Europe to buy carbon permits to offset their emissions from January 1 this year. However, non-European governments are furious that the charges cover the entire flight and not just European aerospace.

It is understood that India has told its airlines not to buy carbon credits from Europe or share emissions data, although it has not ordered the cancellation of orders from Airbus, which dominates the Asian aerospace market. India is also prepared to impose steep charges on European airlines to fly into India if Indian airlines are blocked from flying into Europe because of the ETS. “We have the power of the economy. We are not bleeding as they are,” the Indian official added.