A Brexiteer who is looking forward to having fish and chips served in newspaper wrapping back once we leave the European Union made the painful discovery that it is actually a UK law yesterday.
Phoning in to James O’Brien’s LBC radio show the 70-year-old woman named Christine followed in Boris Johnson’s footsteps by using a fishy example of how EU red tape has stifled Britain.
She said: “We used to have our fish and chips in newspaper and then it was deemed that it was wrong.
“Now, when we used to have our fish and chips in a newspaper there weren’t loads of people that went down with tummy upsets and things like that.
“It had a beautiful smell to it and I can remember that smell now and how lovely it was. “
But the EU wasn’t responsible for this law. It was actually introduced by the British government under the 1990 Food Safety Act.
The caller also came a cropper after referencing Wetherspoons as an example of why she was happy to leave the EU under a no-deal.
She said owner Tim Martin has begun sourcing different types of alcohol from elsewhere in the world following the referendum result to offset any reprecussions from a hard exit from the EU.
But as O’Brien pointed out, he was only able to do that as a member of the European Union and the trade deals he has utilised would cease to exist under a no-deal.