The chicken regulations are NOT pure DEFRA, most of them have nothing to do with DEFRA and come under the remit of Trading Standards, and are, I would agree stricter interpretations of Brussels legislation than would be applied in Belgium and France, though from the (admitted anecdotal) grumbles I hear from residents there, not Denmark, Sweden or Germany. I have several friends who commute between Cambridge and Greece, who find our inclination to actually obey laws and not do everything via bribes and lying to Brussels quite laughable.
Not feeding kitchen scraps is pure Brussels, and both the Chief Veterinary Officer here, and DEFRA, have been trying to get it rescinded for some years. It was a blanket ban brought in by DEFRA and Brussels in the wake of BSE, and it only applies to Britain I believe. It will be rescinded sooner or later, but getting that to happen is distracting attention from other things just as important. The same applies to splitting lamb carcases once they reach a year old: the authorities here have been saying it was (with hindsight) an unnecessary thing to do, and pushing Brussels for abolition for a couple of years now, with no result yet. I'm pretty sure it only ever applied to the British Isles, though I may be wrong on that.
Refrigerating eggs or not is more complicated than Lumpkin suggests, and has regularly been discussed in the veterinary press for years. The point is that suddenly refrigerating an egg with bacteriological contamination (e.g. salmonellae) on its surface, can pull it inside through the shell, where it does no harm if the egg continues to be refrigerated, and the egg will keep safe for weeks or months, substantially longer in fact than if uncooled, at summer temperatures at least. However, if that previously refrigerated egg is then kept at room temperature (or higher) then the bacteria inside will multiply dangerously, and that of course will happen if an egg kept by Tescos in the fridge is then taken home and left warm. The point is that, as a small-scale egg producer I'm not allowed strictly to even refrigerate eggs for my own consumption which would not come out again until use. By the way, eggs in ships are kept in the "potato room" for longest life if the ship has one, and that's kept at about 10C rather than the 6C of a domestic fridge, They'd go off pretty quickly if kept at the 35C or higher common in many freighters working in the tropics. Even here, if you leave eggs outside at the moment, not bothering about keeping them cool, they hatch, or so I conclude from the cheeping noises coming from our stable.
Not washing eggs is an interpretation of fairly recent primary Brussels legislation. Washing eggs by mechanical means in intensive egg units is decidedly dubious: power brushes destroy the water-resistance of the shell, as does pressure washing. However, wiping eggs gently with a clean cloth soaked in hypochlorite solution, which is possible on a small scale, does a lot more good than harm, and there have been several studies showing that.
Don't get me onto the subject of stupid slaughterhouse regulations as introduced by Brussels, and which have killed off (pun intentional) almost all small abattoirs here. Those regulations have certainly NOT been invented here, though as always I have no doubt they are completely ignored in Greece, because my Greek friends tell me what actually happens there (whereas I regularly go to an abattoir, meet the staff, and know what happens and why, in this country).
I know that sell-by dates are in process of being abolished by Brussels, but that doesn't alter the fact that they have been a Brussels imposed regulation for 40 years, or that the full abolition process is not yet complete. In theory countries abolishing sell-by dates before the Brussels process is complete are liable for prosecution, so they remain in place for a few months yet in law abiding countries.
Fishing regulations and throwing catches back was again pure Brussels, and it's jolly good that the rule is being rescinded: it doesn't reduce the many tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of tons of good fish wasted so far though. By the way, Hugh Kills-and-eats-it-all greatly overstates his role in getting Brussels to rescind the regulations: Owen Patterson as a shadow minister had a great deal more to do with it, and it was he that persuaded fisheries ministers of other parties in the UK + several other countries to push for abolition of the rule.
I haven't read a copy of "The Daily Mail" for many years, although I know people who do read it and all regard it as an entertainment rather than a source of fact. No doubt that some do believe it, but unfortunately a great many more people take "The Guardian" seriously, when its respect for scientific truth is as low or lower than The Mail, and it's consistently very anti-farmer as well. The Mail is just anti-farmer when it feels like it.
Morgan Stanley are of course primarily American banking conglomerate, and it's very handy for them to have us as an easy way into the EU, but that will continue whether or not we leave the EU because we will continue to observe the more sensible and important EU rules and have a great deal of contact with the EU. Their corporate record on predicting national economic trends is very poor as well.
The UK is a huge net importer of goods and some services from Europe: leaving the EU will make no difference to their desire or need to sell to us, and the threat of fully legal reciprocal action will prevent trade barriers being erected against us selling to the EU.
I have no idea what proportion of new UK laws originate in Brussels, but I think there are certainly tens of new Brussels rules to be incorporated into our law on average every week, whether we like it or not at the moment, and I dare say many of them would continue to be introduced even if we are outside of the EU like Norway or Switzerland, but NOT the really silly ones, and it's no use claiming that these don't exist, even if the total number per year is probably small.
If the Brussels bureaucracy is all small, cuddly and benign, what are all the huge numbers of people on high salaries doing there? Nobody can claim they don't exist, and many of us know very second rate individuals working there, who have been sacked for poor performance here, but get paid huge amounts for doing (presumably) an equally rubbish job there.
It's also no good playing at being Tony Bliar and claiming that there is no intention of the EU becoming more Federal: prominent high-ups in the EU have been continually and loudly pushing for it, as well as claiming that it will happen even if the UK does object to it. Trade integration is a different matter, but that's going to continue happening whether or not the EU goes into terminal overdrivel and disappears up its own arse hole.
I voted for a Common Market with easy access between European countries, and no overt trade barriers: I would vote for that again. I did NOT vote for a huge unelected bureaucracy in Brussels, or indeed a European Parliament, or integration with Europe, and the existence of this huge and unnecessary structure distracts attention from the poor standards of our own Quangos and Civil Service units (and MPs), which are just as bad if not worse, but hide behind Brussels rather successfully. Of course 3rd rate bureaucrats in other countries do the same thing, and that is partly why they aren't happy with Brussels either, and if we can get major reform and stay in the EU, excellent, but I think it will take England leaving, or perhaps getting very close to leaving, to spur other countries into painful action.