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EU Crackdown on Toasters, Kettles after Brexit Vote in UK

Talk about a PR disaster [1] in Brussels:

The EU is poised to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers within months of Britain’s referendum vote, [2] despite senior officials admitting the plan has brought them “ridicule”.

The European Commission plans to unveil long-delayed ‘ecodesign’ restrictions on small household appliances in the autumn. They are expected to ban the most energy-inefficient devices from sale in order to cut carbon emissions.

The plans have been ready for many months, but were shelved for fear of undermining the referendum campaign [3] if they were perceived as an assault on the British staples of tea and toast.