European Union Directives (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Gareth Bacon AM:  Yes, Mr Mayor, are you as appalled as I am at the lack of faith that the leader of the Labour Group seems to have in democracy and the idea he seems to have that democratically elected governments should not be allowed to govern in the name of the people who elected them and that instead we should have unelected people living in other countries telling us how we should live our lives?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for European Union Directives (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for European Union Directives (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am.  Europe as a whole will pay a very great price for this because what we think is that we are somehow pooling our sovereignty with other governments and getting influence in Brussels on these decisions, but actually what is happening is that the power to make these decisions is being transferred by all governments to people they do not know, the EU Commission.  As I have told you and as I never tire of saying, only 3.6% of the officials there originate from this country, yet they are devising laws that currently comprise 50% of the legislation going through Parliament.  That is a problem.  It really is.  It is a big democratic problem.  We need to think about the long-term consequences of that and it is time to take back control.


Gareth Bacon AM:  All right.