British MPs (two of them) slam EU for olive oil bowl ban

An EDM tabled by David Morris MP slaps down the latest European Union initiative to ban olive oil bowls

by Parliament Spy on 21 May 2013 11:05

Following reports that the European Union plans to ban olive oils, two Conservative MPs, David Morris and Peter Bottomley, have taken the EU to task with an Early Day Motion (EDM).

Though EDMs are broadly seen as symbolic, and to many, a waste of money, the wording was such that I thought you just had to read it. 

The BBC reports:

From 1 January 2014, restaurants may only serve olive oil in tamper-proof packaging, labelled to EU standards. The Commission, the EU's executive branch, says the move will protect consumers and improve hygiene.

But Bottomley and Morris are having none of it:

EUROPEAN UNION AND OLIVE OIL

Session: 2013-14

Date tabled: 20.05.2013

Primary sponsor: Morris, David

Sponsors: Bottomley, Peter

That this House notes that the Eurozone has been in recession for six consecutive quarters, that unemployment in the European Union is more than 24 million and that the EU's accounts have not received a clean audit in 18 years; believes that against this backdrop it is an insult that the European Commission is planning to ban olive oil dipping bowls; and further believes that the European Commission should stop focusing on irrelevant minority issues and instead deal with the very serious problems faced by the continent.

You tell 'em, boys!

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