;)) Don't worry ..the EU ( like all legislative bodies ) also has been known to issue some very dumb "directives"..but as jecasc says ..nowhere near as many as the UK media makes out ..and many of those that they have passed which seem illogical have actually been put forward originally by the UK representatives ..including the one on banana standards ( the UK has also commitments to the commonwealth..and some of the ex British Empire ( now commonwealth ) countries are major banana producers )..But the UK press in their search for headlines to catch their readers never lets the truth get in the way or a good sensationalist headline..
In 72 I was living in the UK ..I was very actively against the joining of the EU ( at the time it was "the common market" ) ..I only had the UK press and TV and radio for information..they were against..so was I..
I was very wrong..outside the EU the UK could not have survived, they export far more to the EU than they do to their old colonies..
A large part of the UK media is like Fox news.."infotainment"..for the ill educated and uninformed.."mushrooms" ( who are kept in the dark and fed crap from time to time ) funnily enough it is owned* by the same guy as Fox news..
He doesnt own the telegraph..but does own many newpapers like the times and the redtops and the now defunct NOTW..and the largest TV company outside the BBC..
The telegraph just knows that the average dumb Brit will lap up any anti EU article..the truth doesn't matter ..and yes the water companies via their ad spend and their friendly "lobbying" of journalists, via wine , dinner, holidays etc..probably did pay for the "story" to be run..