irc wrote:Psamathe wrote:...A study of voting records in the EU Council, made up of Government ministers from each member state, since 2004 has revealed Britain is increasingly on the losing side when it comes to decision-making on EU legislation.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/ ... study-MEPs
Reported during the referendum campaign in an interview with both Remain and Leave politicians was that the vote went the same way as the UK waned 87%. On Newsnight. (Actually an independent specialist initially said 85% but the interviewer said he thought it was actually 87% (neither figure disputed).
And even if they are voting contrary to UK government's wishes, is that a bad thing. It all depends on the details of each bit of legislation. So e.g. banning neonicotinoid was a very good move and the UK only objected because of NFU pressure and thei anti-environment leaning. Other EU farmers recognise the importance of protecting bee populations for long term prosperity; UK government after short term profits. A lot depends on what issues UK is being out-voted over - because most of the Westminster legislation passed I would be voting against (e.g. bedroom tax, welfare cuts, snoopers charter, etc., etc.).