EU plans to regulate candles should be blown out, said local UKIP MEP James Carver.
“Which overpaid and under-worked jobsworths in a Brussels ivory tower dreamt up this latest madness? I bet they think they are a bright spark. I think they’re numpties.
“Tragically fires do occasionally happen because of candles but that is down to human error and not because they are a millimetre too tall or wide. EU ‘elf ’n safety meddling won’t save lives but will cost money, especially for small manufacturers,” he said.
The EU rules, contained in a four page document, talk of ‘European standards for candles, candle supports, containers and accessories’ in accordance with official EU product safety instructions.
Candles ‘shall remain stable’ while burning with a holder or container, and that flames ‘shall have a maximum height which shall be established at a safe level.’
“Everyone already knows that candles need to be stable to be safe and we don’t need the same clowns who have already banned our traditional lightbulbs interfering,” said Mr Carver.
“There are massive problems facing Europe which need urgent answers but here we have another example of mission creep by the EU solving a problem that doesn’t exist.
“They have money to burn - including our £55m a day - and here they are using candles to set fire to some of it,” he added.