Re: As a yank
So if I want all the potholes caused by our snowy winter to be fixed, should I tell my congressman to petition for entry into the EU
If you believed the UK papers, you might well think it is all the EU's fault, but in fact the principles of subsidiarity are intended to devolve power to the lower levels. It's similar to but not the same as the federal system in the US. The supranational body is charged with international negotiations but also with the single market, which is why standards, weights and measures come in.
Politicians across the EU have for a generation found it expedient to blame "Brussels" for anything unpopular even though they have more than likely voted for in the European Council.