S.O.P for UK government
This is standard operating procedure for the UK government:
1. Wait for European Parliament to decide on something -- they determine the ends, not the means; member states are responsible for the actual details of how any objective is to be achieved, on an "all means to the same end are equally valid" basis.
2. Use free rein on implementation details to implement something which is widely disliked.
3. Brussels gets blame for UK Parliament's implementation.