European Union Directives (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


James Cleverly AM MP:  Thank you, Madam Chair.  Mr Mayor, do you share my incredulity that a whole load of issues like maternity pay, paid leave and that kind of thing, which are absolutely not under threat if we leave the EU, are being highlighted as examples of why we should stay, yet other more practical things like direct support for the British steel industry and zero-rating of tampons and other women’s sanitary products, which would be on the agenda if we left the EU, seem to be strangely missing from the list of things brought up by the opposition?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for European Union Directives (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for European Union Directives (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I completely agree, James.  The thing that has really concerned me recently is the increasing activism and interventionism of the European Court of Justice.  That Court is taking the Charter of Fundamental Rights and interpreting it in a very liberal fashion so as to take away the power of this country to deport criminals and to decide who gets asylum here.  That, in my view, is fundamentally antidemocratic and it needs to be sorted out.  Unless we vote ‘leave’ on 23 June 2016, it will not get sorted out and the whole thing will grind remorseless onwards.


James Cleverly AM MP:  Thank you.