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Let’s be clear, nationalisation is not against EU law

Posted by seumasach on July 27, 2016

At the same time as attacking takeovers of British utilities by state controlled European companies, Brexiteers on the left are very fond of claiming that EU directives prevent nationalisation. Sam Fowles provides some insights into this contradiction.

Sam Fowles

Another Europe (Source: Huffington Post)

2nd October, 2015


Nigel Farage thinks EU law prevents nationalisation. Ironically he seems to have got this from a recent post on Left Futures by Westminster University’s Danny Nicol. Professor Nicol argues that the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) and EU liberalisation directives prohibit renationalisation of energy utilities, as proposed by Jeremy Corbyn.

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