The UK farming lobby, has long had an ambiguous relationship with the EU. Recipients of massive amounts of cash they are at the same time squeezed by quotas and bothered by petty rules. Now they have something else to worry about.
The Government was yesterday forced to defend its decision not to ban imports of turkey from Hungary as farmers' leaders demanded an urgent review of the movement of meat into Britain. David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, said Britain was powerless to block imports under European law, despite concerns that the infection could have reached the UK from Eastern Europe.Such a decision could only be taken at EU level, and no doubt Hungarian Ministers would not be in favour.
Which illustrates a point very neatly. Where cross border cooperation is needed, the EU structures actually encourage selfishness, undermining the very basis for its existence.