April 28, 2010
A gift arrives for my baby daughter that sums up the modern world. Cousins in Australia have sent her a koala, not a real one of course, but a stuffed one. The label proudly states “This is another Australian souvenir designed by an Australian company handcrafted in China.” China is where things are made these days, even koalas.
And also on the label there is the guarantee that the koala has been made according to the highest standards of consumer safety, namely the “CE” mark. All around the world, it is European standards that set the pace and that manufacturing has to follow. Even if Britain were to leave the EU, we would still want to follow European rules, only we would have no voice on what those rules should say.
Richard LamingAuthor : European Movement UK