Give us facts on EU, not fiction

Councillor Philippa Bower wants the discussion about the case for leaving the EU to be based on facts, and cites three “facts” which she describes as inarguable. Unfortunately, the first of these “facts” is pure fiction.

She writes that “EU laws are made and passed by unelected officials”. However, EU laws are actually made by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The Parliament is elected by the people of Europe; the Council of Ministers consists of ministers from each member country of the EU. The “unelected officials” to whom Councillor Bower ascribes such power propose legislation, which is examined by the Parliament and then passed to the Council of Ministers, with any changes its members want to make, for ministers to examine. The final law will thus have been amended and approved by MEPs and ministers. Officials propose, but MEPs and ministers dispose.

I too would like to see the debate on membership of the EU based on facts. This objective is not helped if myths are propagated.

David Sawers

Seaview Avenue

East Preston

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