UKIP is fighting in the European Parliament to stop the EU grabbing the power to shut down any company which defies its demands on reaching female quotas on non-executive boards. Yesterday in Strasbourg UKIP MEP Louise Bours led an attack against this legislation. She said it would "demean women and insult the women who have made it to the top of their professions on merit."
Louise Bours, MEP for the North West, was opposing a resolution in the European Parliament urging the European Council to pass legislation on balanced representation of men and women on company boards.
Among other things, the legislation would allow sanctions such as the dissolution of a company if the non-executive board does not reach an arbitrary quota target imposed by the EU.
Labour MEPs voted for this resolution.
Bours said in the debate: "You don't fight discrimination with discrimination, bringing in quotas is demeaning for women, the women who have worked hard and made it to the top of their professions."
"To top things off, in the explanatory statement the resolution even says who should be doing the housework. If I can quote directly from it, 'men will have to devote more time to the housework.'"
"This is yet another reason to vote no to the EU in the upcoming UK referendum and regain our freedom and independence from meddling EU bureaucrats."