EU referendum: Ukip MEP says UK should leave European Union so we can have better toasters

David Coburn believes European meddling is why his toaster leaves his bread 'all peely-wally'

David Coburn is Ukip's only MEP in Scotland
David Coburn is Ukip's only MEP in Scotland

A Ukip politician has come up with an unusual reason why Britain should get out of the EU - so he can get a better toaster.

David Coburn, Scotland’s only Ukip MEP, claimed that EU regulation meant toasters only had the “power of one candle or something” so his toast always comes out half-baked.

He told Buzzfeed News he may start making toast on an open fire if the UK decides to remain in the referendum on 23 June.

He said: “Don’t you know about these EU toasters? They’ve turned them all down and that’s why you can’t get decent toast.

“Mine’s on full boost and my bread’s all peely-wally, it’s awful.

“My old toaster seemed to be powered by the Torness nuclear reactor and this one is powered by some kind of EU windmill.”

'My old toaster seemed to be powered by the Torness nuclear reactor and this one is powered by some kind of EU windmill.'

He cited a report by the Daily Express in 2014 that the EU planned to ban high powered kitchen appliances like toasters and kettles to cut energy use.

Fact-checking website FullFact later said that while ways to cut the energy use of the appliances were being investigated there were no plans to draw up regulation at that time.

The European Commission has restricted the sale of high powered vacuum but denied that high-powered toasters had been outlawed.

Mr Coburn insists his toaster is not broken and that he has received letters from his constituents about weak appliances.

He said: “The entire European campaign is central to the fact that the Scottish and UK parliaments don’t have any power.

“I want to get power back to Westminster and Holyrood then we can get some proper toasters.”

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