The Brexit Blog

The Brexit Blog
News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain tries to leave the EU.

Thursday 8 February 2024

EU's Assault On Classic Cars


 

Brussels has its wrenches in a twist again, this time tinkering with a proposal that'll leave classic car enthusiasts spitting oil and vintage van lovers seeing red.

The word on the cobbled streets is that the EU wants to slap a "repair refused" sticker on any car over 15 years old, effectively sending them to the scrapyard in the sky. Now, before you grab your pitchforks and head to the Parliament, let's pop the hood and see what's really under the hood of this policy.

Officially, the EU says it's all about sustainability, wanting to "rejuvenate the vehicle fleet" and reduce emissions. Sounds green, right? But hold on a sec. Scrapping perfectly good (and often beloved) vehicles just to push people into shiny new electrics seems a bit… forced, wouldn't you say?

Here's the rub: not everyone can afford a brand spankin' new Tesla, especially when a trusty old banger does the job just fine. This policy smacks of elitism, pushing folks who rely on affordable transport onto the public transport bus, which ain't exactly known for its charm or punctuality. Plus, let's not forget the skilled mechanics and independent garages who'll see their livelihoods go up in smoke if this rusty regulation rolls through.

Now, the EU claims this only applies to cars with "specific engines" and "extensive damage." But let's be honest, who defines "specific" and "extensive"? This opens the door for bureaucrats to become car overlords, dictating what you can and can't drive based on arbitrary rules. Remember that time they tried to regulate the bendiness of bananas? Yeah, not their finest moment.

This whole policy feels like a backdoor way to push their green agenda, regardless of the human cost. It's time the EU remembered that not everyone drives a Prius, and some of us cherish the roar of a classic engine or the practicality of a well-maintained older car. They should focus on making sustainable options more affordable and accessible, not strong-arming people into them.

Fortunately the UK is no longer in the EU!

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Orban Gives EU The Finger

 

Monday 29 January 2024

EU Plans To Crash Hungary's Economy

 

Orban is a Putin stooge, but crashing a member state's economy isn't the way to deal with him nor does it show the EU in a favourable light. It would be more effective to remove Hungary from the EU.

Monday 25 September 2023

Monday 11 September 2023

Old McDonald Had a Plan...

 

Foolish thing to do, as it impairs his ability to appear to be impartial.