Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:25 am #902172
Traditional European rule-makers say you can only do what the law allows you to do - whereas the various legal traditions in the UK (used to) say you could do what you wanted unless it was specifically defined as illegal. You also have the natural tendency of EU institutions to go for the 'one-size-fits-none' approach.
Thus is exactly what I have been saying in various circles for some years. It takes some understanding in terms of its impact. But it is the fundamental problem for the UK in trying to achieve the best outcome in Brussels / Cologne.