Reasons for the rebellion against the EU

Diana Furchgott-Roth:
As we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we can send a cheer across the pond to the British, who declared independence from the European Union on June 23.

For the British, that means no more tax and regulatory harmonization without representation. Laws passed by Parliament will no longer have to be EU-compatible. It even means they will be able to keep their high-efficiency kettles, toasters, hair dryers and vacuum cleaners.

As just one example of the absurdity of EU regulation, vacuum cleaners with over 1600 watts were banned by Brussels in 2014, and those over 900 watts are scheduled to be phased out in 2017. Brussels bureaucrats say that these vacuum cleaners use too much energy.

No matter that the additional energy cost of a 2300-watt vacuum cleaner compared with a 1600-watt model is less than $20 a year, that it takes more time to vacuum with a low-energy model, and, most important, people should be able to choose for themselves how they want to spend their time and money. I, for one, prefer less time housecleaning.
British consumers would benefit from abandoning the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, which costs the EU $64 billion annually. British farmers receive about $3 billion a year from the scheme.

Agriculture Minister George Eustice said earlier this year, "The truth of the matter is if we left the EU there would be a [$24 billion] a year Brexit dividend, so could we find the money to spend [$3 billion] a year on farming and the environment? Of course we could."
Germany could be the big loser wince it will not be able to sell as many cars in the UK unless there is some accommodation.

The vacuum cleaner example like the misshaped banana that was banned gives you an idea of how the so-called expert regulators in the EU distort the market and drive up the cost.


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