Let's Give Bad EU Law The Red Card

My Conservative colleagues and I have today stood up for a red-card system to let national parliaments block burdensome and interfering European legislation.

As part of the continuing Conservative drive for better lawmaking in the EU, my fellow Tory MEPs and I put a report before the European Parliament outlining a raft of measures to tackle red tape and rationalise the legislative process.

The report was drafted by legal affairs spokesman Sajjad Karim MEP as the response of the Parliament's JURI Committee to plans announced last year by the European Commission.

It proposes to reduce the red tape burden on SMEs by exempting more of them from regulation altogether, as well as increasing the role of evidence-based policy-making to ensure any new laws are necessary and proportionate.

It also targets so-called 'gold plating' and reinforces the principle that new legislation should only be adopted if old and defunct overlapping regulation can be scrapped.

The red-card scheme was put forward by both William Hague and David Lidington as a great way to restore power to national parliaments. I'm pleased that we've been able to put forward their approach in the European Parliament.

I think that national assemblies have a very important role to play in drafting EU law - not many people know about this - and a veto could be a good way of preventing disproportionate law from getting through.

What Mr Karim is proposing is an inquiry into how a red-card system would actually work.