EU regulation

Fact checks about european union regulation, brexit and the impact this has on UK law

20 July 2021

The EU doesn’t have a 40% tariff on African food imports

This was claimed by MP George Freeman when outlining the UK’s commitment to developing nations.

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The EU doesn’t have a 40% tariff on African food imports
3 February 2021

Keir Starmer did want the UK to remain in the European Medicines Agency

He expressed this opinion on at least two occasions, in 2017.

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Keir Starmer did want the UK to remain in the European Medicines Agency
4 December 2020

Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit

The MHRA could have given the Pfizer vaccine the same emergency approval when the UK was in the EU.

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Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit
30 September 2019

Claim Brexit is about concealing offshore accounts is baseless

New EU tax laws aim to stop tax avoidance practices by companies. They do not aim to make owners of offshore bank accounts “come clean”.

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Claim Brexit is about concealing offshore accounts is baseless
21 August 2019

Did “our boys” change the handball rule?

Ian Holloway was wrong to suggest that non-British organisations had changed the VAR and handball rules against the will of British football organisations.

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Did “our boys” change the handball rule?
8 August 2019

The cabbage myth returns: EU cabbage regulations don’t have 26,911 words

There are not 26,911 words in EU cabbage regulations. It’s an urban legend which dates back to 1951.

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The cabbage myth returns: EU cabbage regulations don’t have 26,911 words
8 August 2019

What is the Irish backstop?

The “Irish backstop” is an insurance policy in UK-EU Brexit negotiations to ensure there is no hard border in Ireland.

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What is the Irish backstop?
2 August 2019

What’s a free port, and does the EU have them?

Free ports (areas within countries where import tariffs don’t apply) exist within the EU, but in a more limited form than elsewhere in the world.

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What’s a free port, and does the EU have them?
25 July 2019

There’s no solid evidence to support this Brexit Party MEP’s claim about fishermen’s nets

Ann Widdecombe made a claim about fishing regulation during her maiden speech at the EU parliament saying they’d reduced income by 40%.

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There’s no solid evidence to support this Brexit Party MEP’s claim about fishermen’s nets
18 July 2019

Boris Johnson’s kipper claim is a red herring

Boris Johnson claimed that EU regulation required kipper sellers to pack kippers in ice. This is not an EU regulation – it is UK regulation.

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Boris Johnson’s kipper claim is a red herring

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