More European Commission Bollocks.
This is the normal way for introducing new EU directives or regulations here.
Step one, a newspaper or broadcast tells us that something dreadful is about to happen; the government denies any possibility that this could ever happen here.
Step two, the government and opposition tell us that if it does become law, it will not change or alter our traditional "rights", but anyway our government are doing everything they can to ameliorate the impact of said new regulation/directive. Meanwhile they are busy drafting a white paper that gold plates and unnecessarily complicates the crap anyway.
Step three, the real opposition (this opposition is not that group of wankers that sits opposite Mr. Bean in the commons) realises that "what could never happen here" is actually about to happen, and panics.
Step four, the government points out that it is our own fault, we had plenty of time to debate and reject the new legislation, and it is too late now.
NB; if you do not believe that this rumour emanates from the EU, see here:
Under this legislation (which was debated in the EP yesterday 6th May), splitting the internet into different chargeable "services" becomes a reality. So a google tax is definitely possible/probable sometime soon.
Yesterday the EP delayed the process that they laughingly refer to as voting (ie seven hundred waving hands) at a rate of several hundred votes per voting session. Exactly why, I do not know, but this bollocks is coming to a computer near you and it is coming soon.
Even if the European Parliament was capable of stopping the never ending stream of crap that emanates from the unelected/antidemocratic European Commission, which it isn't, the EC would find another way of doing whatever they wanted. For a very serious example of this, witness the Lisbon Putsch, which is the final take over and dissolution of the nations of Europe and the creation of a nationalist Europe. Despite votes by the French, Dutch and Irish to halt this "treaty" most of it has already been invoked.