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'More like the USSR at every turn!' Britons chilled as EU to censor UK television content

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Scheming eurocrats provoked outrage when it emerged they were drawing up plans to pull our critically-acclaimed shows like The Crown and Peaky Blinders from European streaming services. The news – which emerged in a memo sent to the EU’s 27 member states – was quickly compared to Soviet Russia which was notorious for its thought police tactics.

One wrote: “So they now censure what the citizens of the 27 watch? Do they tell them what time to go to bed?

“It’s getting more like the old Soviet Russia every day.”

Another raged: “More and more like the USSR at every twist and turn.”

A third said: “Has the EU not heard of VPN(virtual private networks which disguise where someone is logging on from)?

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“Next it will be (that) you can only watch EU news channels.”

In the memo, the EU Commission bemoaned the “disproportionate” amount of British-made shows hosted on major providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Officials claimed this presents a threat to the “promotion of European works and cultural diversity” within the bloc.

But if it goes ahead, it means viewers on the Continent face being deprived of their favourite series and films because Brussels wants them replaced with more content produced in the EU – especially by smaller countries like Cyprus and Latvia.

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Critics quickly mocked the plot – claiming it was driven by the EU’s desire to punish Britain for leaving.

Leading Brexiteer and broadcaster Nigel Farage told Express.co.uk: “This sums up the small-minded, protectionist club the European Union is.

“They now even want to censor content their citizens can view – thank god we’ve left!”

Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers added: “What viewers will choose French ‘humour’ over British classics such as Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Yes, Minister?

“The EU can force the companies to list the films, but not force the consumers to watch.”

Under a cross-border treaty content produced in the UK is currently considered as “European works” meaning it can be sold on the Continent.

But its dominance has irked a host of EU nations, including France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Austria, who now want to take revenge.

They are seeking to redefine British programmes and films to ensure they are booted off the airwaves.



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