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Boris Johnson gets caught short as EU celebrates World Toilet Day

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As another trade deadline is passed, Facts4EU.Org looks at the EU’s ‘facilities’

Somewhat fittingly perhaps, on the day that the Prime Minister was once again caught short in his efforts to secure a UK-EU trade deal, the EU was celebrating World Toilet Day (yes, really).

Thursday 19 November was the latest in a growing list of missed deadlines for the UK-EU trade deal. There is still no agreement on the same three issues which the EU has used to block the progress of talks since it was finally ready to start talking trade in March of this year.

Sitting squarely in the “You couldn’t make it up” category, on the same day that the EU failed to offer anything new once again, the Commission’s statistics agency produced a report on the number of EU households without an indoor flushing toilet for the household's sole use.

Never ones to shirk its responsibilities, the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team plunged into the bowels of the EU’s datacentre in order to bottom out the extraordinary variance in the level of facilities available to EU citizens in their homes.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Households’ indoor lavatory facilities for sole use
(Last full year of data: 2018)

  • 1 in 4 Romanian households (27.7%) had no indoor flushing toilet for their household's sole use
  • Romania was followed by its neighbour, Bulgaria, on 15.3%
  • The Baltic countries came next with Lithuania on 10.6%, Latvia on 9.9%, and Estonia on 5.3%
  • The average in the EU27 was 2.2%
  • The UK was at 0.3% back in 2013

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[Sources: EU Commission Statistics Agency 19 Nov 2020, UK ONS Lifestyle Survey Mar 2013]


Over the years Brexit Facts4EU.Org has produced many reports showing the wide disparities between the member countries of the EU, from economic output to minimum wages to healthcare to workers’ rights.

We have done so to highlight to the public that the UK is one of the most advanced nations in the EU and in the world. Our reports have been instrumental in countering the absurd Remain narrative that the world’s fifth-largest economy is somehow too small and insignificant to prosper as a free, independent, and sovereign country.

The availability of an indoor flushing toilet in a house is a natural expectation for British people. Our latest report above shows how untrue this is for the citizens of some EU countries.

If we may be excused...?

As regular readers know, we spend seven days-a-week on very serious issues regarding the EU and the UK’s departure from it. We felt we should make the British public ‘privy’ to the EU Commission’s latest report.

If today we have departed briefly from our serious tone in an indirect homage to the grand tradition of the ‘Carry on’ films, then we hope we may be excused….

Right: Original 1939 wartime poster from UK Government

Finally, the COVID crisis has impacted many people across the country, which in turn has resulted in the level of donations we receive from members of the public having dropped dramatically. Unfortunately we have no other sources of funding. If you have not previously donated to our work but are in a position to do so, may we appeal to you to help us now?

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sat 21 Nov 2020

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