EU: Separating fact from myth

Cllr Philippa Bower says 'some facts are inarguable', and then goes on to repeat the myth that 'EU laws are made and passed by unelected officials'.

Sunday, 3rd April 2016, 11:53 am

They are not. Draft laws are proposed by the European Commission, made up of commissioners appointed by each national government, including the UK. They are then debated in the European Parliament, made up of political groups (Conservative, Socialist, Liberal, Green, and various nationalists) elected by universal suffrage across each member state, and either passed, amended or rejected. The Council of Ministers, made up of elected ministers from each national government (again including the UK), can also take decisions. All are subject to scrutiny in Westminster by Select Committees of the House of Commons and the Lords.

She then states that “Europe is a shrinking market”. It is in fact the largest internal market in the world, tariff-free for nearly 600 million people, and some 60 per cent of UK trade is with the EU. London is the financial capital of Europe, and vital to our prosperity.

Some facts may be uncomfortable truths to Brexiters, but repeating myths does not alter them.

Dr James Walsh

County, District &

Town Councillor


East & Beach ward

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @LhamptonGazette

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Littlehampton Gazette - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.