Referendum Watch: Laws

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

The laws that come from Brussels is something both sides bitterly argue about. It’s more likely than not something that you care about too. We’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to.

The Brute Facts

  • The United Kingdom is required to reach the outcomes of EU Directives (Source)
  • The European Commission proposes laws and the European Parliament vote on them (Source)
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union enforces laws across all EU Member States (Source)


  • The Remain side say that only a small amount of UK legislation is influenced by the EU
  • They also say that Britain’s veto in many areas of EU law means it’s better to stay and keep them than leave and lose them
  • Finally, they say that David Cameron’s renegotiation deal allows groups of Member States to block laws


  • The Leave side say that most UK laws are made in Brussels
  • They also say that other Member States are able to gang up on the UK and force through laws
  • Finally, they say that the UK Government is often defeated in challenges about European laws in the Court of Justice of the European Union

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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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