Gove has stated that “EU rules dictate … the distance houses have to be from heathland to prevent cats chasing birds (five kilometres).”
The EU’s Habitats Directive, says countries should take “appropriate steps” to avoid disturbance of protected species in special conservation areas. But nowhere does it say houses can’t be built within 5 kilometres of such areas.
He also stated that “EU rules dictate … the maximum size of containers in which olive oil may be sold (five litres).”
They do – but the EU allows countries to waive the 5-litre rule for those who might need olive oil in greater containers e.g. restaurants. The UK decided not to implement such a waiver.
The rule is there because olive oil goes rancid.