Thursday, 18 June 2009


UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass has today expressed his concern at an EU ban on people being allowed their final wish, to be cremated in a football shirt.

An EU directive preventing people from being cremated in normal clothes has been attacked by the MEP who believes the move removes the rights of the dying, the dead and those that are grieving.

The directive means the deceased may have to be cremated in natural fibre shrouds if local authorities follow Kirklees Council, in Huddersfield, and introduce the ban to reduce crematorium emissions.

Deceased children may no longer be allowed to be cremated with their favourite toys as a result of this directive which could cause further distress to mourning families.

Mr Nattrass said: “The EU doesn’t seem happy with just taking away freedom and choice from the living – it seems it also wants to dictate to the dead.

“I believe this EU directive is contemptible and shows no regard for people’s final wishes.

“The EU introduces 75 per cent of our laws in Britain and we pay £40 million a day to be told how we should live. Now it appears the EU is even trying to control us when we have suffered a bereavement and also when we have passed away ourselves.

“We should say NO to the EU and make our own laws in Westminster,” he added.