There is nothing in EU rules that stops member countries using a higher bar than the EU standard - look at the way that the UK government gold plated EU standards to confirm that. That is not the fault of the EU but the British government. What the EU would not allow is the UK government stopping flights from other countries within the EU, that met EU standards, purely because they engineers had not had an interview. The reality is that it seems to work - there arenít too many cases of EU planes falling apart due to inadequate maintenance as far as I an aware.
It is not quite the same as what Jay is involved with.
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In the US the same debate could be had about the role of the Federal Government. Lots of people who get a handout will tell you the Federal government is the "enemy" and firmly believe they pay into it when the opposite is true. Half the gun nuts are tooled up to protect themselves from the government.
This is better described as ignorance than stupidity, but it also requires a certain mindset to cling to the lies when presented with the truth. Unfortunately there are some very big vested interests in promoting a viewpoint based on ignorance. Humans will follow the herd rather than make the effort to find out the facts for themselves. The invention of the Internet now means we don't even accept the facts any more - there are so many (to quote Kellyanne Conway) "alternative" facts now.
Wether the UK was right, wrong or just f stupid, the regs were what everyone else worked to: The UK needed to add a cherry on top and make life difficult for the UK.
Self inflicted problem.
This is the problem with the media and the government using the EU as a scapegoat for every bad idea that ever happened, an idea that then passes into popular myth and so it goes round and round. Add to this a systematic dishonesty by scum like Alexander Johnson making up stories to sell newspapers and it's not hard to see how everything is somehow an "EU regulation" imposed on us by the "undemocratic" EU. Once that idea is firmly planted in people's minds it becomes the "truth" and anyone that says otherwise is the remoaner metropolitan elite or some such thing.
Anyway I spent Friday evening in Derby with the launch of the Rejoin campaign that is starting up. A surprising number of people were there and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of car drivers that hooted in support as they went by and the support that was shouted by many drivers. On the flip side as it was at 11pm there was also some verbal abuse from drunken people fresh out of Wetherspoons.