European Union olive oil regulation at the heart of the case for a British EU exit

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Sadly, the opening salvos from the two most high-profile recruits to the Brexit cause—Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Mayor of London Boris Johnson—don’t bode well for the next four months.

Both chose to put meddlesome European Union regulation at the heart of their case for a British EU exit, complaining that this unwarranted burden prevents the government from delivering on its promises. This may well be true. But many of the examples they gave don’t stand up to scrutiny.

Mr. Gove’s lengthy statement setting out his position didn’t contain any examples of problematic regulations drawn from his personal departmental experience at the education and justice ministries. Instead, he highlighted an EU rule requiring olive oil to be sold in five-liter cans.

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