In an astonishing story of government incompetence, a UK minister ignored parliamentary procedure to vote for the EU tobacco directive which would ban electronic cigarettes.
Even worse, she did not realise that voting for the tobacco directive would mean banning electronic cigarettes.
This is what happened:
- The minister applied for a waiver of the usual parliamentary scrutiny of EU laws.
- This was refused by a House of Commons committee.
- The minister travelled to Brussels anyway and voted for the TPD, not realising it meant banning the electronic cigarettes which a British scientist believes has the potential to save five million British lives.
- At the same time, she completely messed up the position of the EU Conservatives who were campaigning AGAINST the EU ban on e-cigarettes
It would almost be unbelievable if the admission hadn’t been caught on camera during a grilling by the same MPs who she had ignored.
Thanks to Dick Puddlecote for highlighting this story, and to Freedom Alley for creating this YouTube video.