Price of oven gloves and marigolds to rise because of 'bonkers' EU - Telegraph

Matthew Hancock, the Conservative business minister, is expected to fail in his bid to block the proposals because of opposition from Germany and the Netherlands.

He described the proposals as “completely bonkers” and “over-zealous” and said that he would continue to fight over-regulation from the EU.

“This EU power grab for our kitchen sinks is completely bonkers,” Mr Hancock said. It would place a huge weight on businesses who are trying to serve their customers.

“These over-zealous proposals underscore the need for EU reform and why we must fight Brussels over-regulation to get the best deal for Britain. Only the Conservatives can deliver the reform we need in Europe .”

A spokesman for the European Commission said: “Of course every jurisdiction anywhere in the developed world has product safety and quality standards covering pretty much all products to avoid people being injured.

“Sub-standard oven gloves could for example obviously lead to severe burns – and people conned out of money for products that don't work.”

The spokesman said that any changes to EU rules are “always subject to extensive consultation with industry and impact assessment”.

It came after the EU earlier this year banned the sale of powerful vacuum cleaners to tackle climate change.

The new law banning vacuum cleaners rated above 1,600 watts came into effect on September 1.