EU Myths 2

Myth No 5 The European Court of Human Rights is forcing us to…”


The European Court of Human Rights has nothing to do with the EU. It’s an entirely separate institution, with separate membership, set up by Britain after World War II to enforce the Convention on Human Rights which we helped to write. Britain has always been a signatory to this convention, and leaving the EU wouldn’t change that.

he court, which was set up in 1959 in the French city of Strasbourg, considers cases brought by individuals, organisations and states against the countries which are bound by the convention; namely, all European nations except Belarus.

Most of the nations which have signed the human rights convention, including the UK, have incorporated its principles into their own laws. The court will only hear a case when all domestic legal avenues have been exhausted.



There is a widespread myth that the European Court of Human Rights and the UK are forever at loggerheads, figures show that the Court rules against the UK in less than 1% of all the cases we’re involved in! ( based on 2015 figures)


Myth No 6 Bananas

Perhaps the most persistent myth of all:Neither straight or bendy bananas are  banned by the EU. People are mad enough to base their judgement on whether we should stay ot leave on this myth.


Bananas are classified by quality and size so they can be traded internationally. Quality standards are also needed so that people know what they are buying and that the produce meets their expectations.

Commission Regulation 2257/94 identifies certain restrictions for fruits that producers have to conform to in order to sell their produce within the EU. The regulation states that bananas must be “free from malformation or abnormal curvature.”

Class 1 bananas can have “slight defects of shape” and Class 2 bananas full-on “defects of shape”.


Despite what Boris Johnson said there are no rules about the number of bananas in a bunch.  ( he claimed that the EU would only allow bunches of two or three bananas – completely untrue – but that’s Boris Johnson for you).


Myth No 7 – Displaying EU flag at sporting events

Despite what the tabloids say the EUis not demanding its flag to be displayed at sporting events. The European Union is not empowered to adopt legislation on sport policy at all. There is a draft resolution which says that European Parliament “encourages that national Olympic committees and sport federations of the Member States to adopt and use the EU flag and symbol, together with individual flags and national symbols, on the occasion of international sport events”.


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