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Ukip And Eurosceptic Media Gets Upset About Vacuum Cleaners

21/08/2014 17:33 BST | Updated 21/08/2014 21:59 BST

If there was ever a time to panic buy a vacuum cleaner, it's now, according to the UK's Eurosceptic media.

In news that could send readers sprinting to Currys and John Lewis, the European Commission is issuing new regulations that could drastically affect your vacuuming options.

Consumers who like a powerful vacuum cleaner have been urged to buy one in the next ten days in the countdown before new energy rules are implemented that restrict motor sizes.

A new EU energy label to be introduced from September 1 means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.

"They have forced us to change our light bulbs and banned our power-hungry plasma TVs. Now the EU has its eyes on its next target: our vacuum cleaners." the Daily Express laments.

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"We're just going to have to suck it up," the Daily Mail notes.

Ukip have even waded into the row, with one MEP telling the Express that the vacuuming bigotry highlights exactly why Britain needs to leave the EU.

Tim Aker, Ukip MEP for the Eastern Counties, said: "This sort of barmy intervention from the European Union once again demonstrates why we need to leave as soon as possible.

"The EU's thirst for increased power and constant interference is a nightmare for this country and for people in Britain who are simply trying to get on without the EU making every day life more difficult," he added.

Concerns were raised after the Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models have motor sizes that exceed the new limitations.

Of seven awarded Best Buy status since January 2013, five have motors of more than 1,600 watts, Which said.

"If you're in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the models currently available sell out," the group warned.

Among the models which will soon no longer be available are:

Say Goodbye To These Hoovers

But Sir James Dyson, whose company pioneered bagless vacuums, said he believed the label itself was a good idea, pointing out that he had never made a machine over 1,600 watts.

Other popular and top-ranked vacuums like Henry Hoover, the Panasonic MC-UL712 Upright Vacuum Cleaner and the Bosch GS-50 Power Silence Hepa are all under the maximum power limitations.

The new labels will give vacuum cleaners A to G ratings for energy use, cleaning performance on carpets and hard floors, and dust emissions.

The European Commission believes the new regulations will mean better vacuum cleaners for consumers.

European Commission spokeswoman for energy Marlene Holzner said in a blog: "As a result of the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations, consumers will also get better vacuum cleaners.

"In the past there was no legislation on vacuum cleaners and companies could sell poorly performing vacuum cleaners."

UPDATE:

A representative of Dyson contacted the HuffPost with the following quote from James Dyson:

A label should help people choose high performing, energy efficient technology not hide important information. The environmental impact of bags and filters is ignored. And the label misleads people by showing the energy scores of vacuum cleaners tested without dust inside. Machines should be tested for real world conditions, not just for a Brussels test lab – that’s why we’re taking it to judicial review at the European Courts.