EU Commission accused of “bare faced cheek” for taking legal action against Britain over energy

Local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott has accused the European Commission of “bare faced cheek”  for taking legal action against Britain over energy.

The European Commission has stated that it will launch legal action against 27 EU member states over their failure to impose the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive into national law.

The controversial EU rules have already made the industry pay between £86.6 billion and £93.2 billion in regulatory costs.

“These EU rules left local power generation at the Teesside power plant – which was one of the largest in Europe, still relatively young and with plenty of remaining working life – uneconomical and the demolition is expected to be complete in the next few months.  EU rules are costing local people jobs as well as pushing up consumer prices,” said Mr Arnott.

“How the EU continuously believes it has the right to interfere in our affairs astonishes me. It displays bare faced cheek from the Commission, and the British people have simply had enough.

“It is time we left the European Union and regained control over our own energy industry so that we can take the decisions which would best fit Britain’s needs, not the needs of 27 other countries.

”The EU has already done untold damage to our energy industry and it is high time we said enough is enough. I call on the Government to fight the Commission in court and finally stand up for Britain’s interest.

“The European Commission is already taking to UK to a European Court to change our laws on immigrant benefits, so this latest move is clearly more of the same treatment. It is very unwelcome. “

“These EU rules left local power generation at the Teesside power plant – which was one of the largest in Europe, still relatively young and with plenty of remaining working life – uneconomical, and the demolition is expected to be complete in the next few months.  EU rules are costing local people jobs as well as pushing up consumer prices”

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