29 OCT 2010
Up to half of all legislation passed by the British Government comes from the European Union, according to independent Westminster researchers.
By Martin Beckford | Telegraph
Parliament is enacting more than 3,000 regulations a year which originated in Brussels, the House of Commons Library found.
They range in importance from the Working Time Directive, which limits the time junior doctors can spend on the wards, to rules governing the classification of padded waistcoats.
The figures, far higher than those quoted by the former Labour administration, are likely to lead to renewed claims that Britain is giving up its powers as a sovereign state to unelected bureaucrats.
It comes as David Cameron struggles to persuade European leaders not to agree a 6 per cent rise in the EU's budget for next year.
Earlier this month 35 eurosceptic Conservative MPs defied party whips to vote against increasing Britain’s net contribution to the EU budget to £10.3billion by 2015.
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, recently attempted to allay fears by promising a European Union Bill that will enshrine the pre-eminence of Parliament on the statute book for the first time.
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