Twitter user demolishes major Brexiteer fallacy in epic thread
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A Twitter user has devoted umpteen tweets to an exhaustive debunk of one of the most common Brexiteer myths.
Brace for mega thread on "ALL THEM RULES INNIT"— Jim Grace #FBPE (@mac_puck) January 21, 2019
There is a type of of brexiter who is motivated not by xenophobia, or Empire nostalgia, or buccaneering trade fantasies, but instead by "all them EU rules". Sadly they can never name a single one. So I have done some research...
Jim Grace (or @mac_puck, as per his handle) decided to address a common Brexiteer complaint: the supposed stranglehold that EU laws have on the UK.
He tweeted: 'There is a type [of] brexiter who is motivated not by xenophobia, or Empire nostalgia, or buccaneering trade fantasies, but instead by 'all them EU rules'. Sadly they can never name a single one.'
Setting off on the hunt for EU rules foisted rudely on us, he first points to the Commons library and a research briefing that Full Fact says comes from Leave.EU's own campaign.
Jim crunches the numbers. Out of 34,105 laws passed in the UK, he says, 4,514 of them were influenced by EU laws.
The commons library looked at how many UK laws were influenced by EU laws. https://t.co/jTb6CQU2mx— Jim Grace #FBPE (@mac_puck) January 21, 2019
4,514 out of 34,105.
And out of the EU laws that influenced the 4,514 ....Vote Leave discovered 72 that were forced on us against our will. 72! https://t.co/EqZXZBruBM
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And of those which were actually forced on the UK against our will?
'Vote Leave discovered 72 that were forced on us against our will. 72!'
That's ... 0.2 per cent of the laws passed in the UK in the given time span.
But, some would say, that's 0.2 per cent too much.
(1/72) 29/03/1996 https://t.co/2kkmWwtx9T— Jim Grace #FBPE (@mac_puck) January 21, 2019
EU: Food labels should say if Aspartine is present.
UK: Nonsense. Bloody red tape!
(Linked to cancer, headaches and seizures, even Pepsi USA stopped using it by 2015)
What are these rules that have ravaged our fair isles' delicate sense of sovereignty?
In Jim's epic thread, every single one has its own tweet.
The UK was forced to label aspartame in food, which he points out is merely a cancer prevention measure that was taken by bleeding heart corporate Pepsi in the USA by 2015.
The UK was held at gunpoint to sign up to better labelling of cow feed, an outrage because this country's bovine herds have never had health issues.
(6/72) 24/09/1996 https://t.co/UriOrjihxt— Jim Grace #FBPE (@mac_puck) January 21, 2019
EU: posted workers must be given the same pay and conditions as local workers.
UK: You're kidding! The whole POINT of posted workers is to undercut the locals and undermine their employment rights.
In another example, Jim paraphrases: 'EU: posted workers must be given the same pay and conditions as local workers,'
'UK: You're kidding! The whole POINT of posted workers is to undercut the locals and undermine their employment rights.'
It goes on. One of the monstrous new rules was about the fair treatment of transported livestock, which agreeing with is practically treason.
The EU also compelled the UK to contribute to the repatriation costs of asylum seekers, which we objected to presumably because of our country's well-known love for keeping refugees on UK soil.
(15/72) 16/02/1998 https://t.co/JEtxNLQKys— Jim Grace #FBPE (@mac_puck) January 21, 2019
EU: Trucks for livestock journeys over 8 hours must have bedding, feed, water, ventilation, partitions and access for inspectors.
UK: Why spend all that money? Innit all just meat on the plate at the end of the day?
In one instance Jim cites, the EU made the UK sign up to the compensation of delayed air passengers, which we objected to because ... 'we don't support this proposal because ... um ... because ... we are just utter, utter b*stards' suggests Jim.
But, Jim, we're b*stards with sovereignty, and that's apparently what counts.
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