The main headline - that this is a ban on 'shopping bags' - is at least clarified in the sub-head, where it becomes a 'plot to scrap plastic carriers'.
And Dana Gloger's article makes clear:
The EU was under fire last night for seeking a ban on plastic shopping bags to fight pollution. Shops in Britain could be outlawed from stocking them, or alternatively there might be a new tax to dramatically reduce their use.
Ah, so the EU isn't actually saying 'ban plastic bags' then?
Here's a tweet from Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment:
So a 'public consultation on reducing plastic bags' becomes the latest EU diktat to ban them outright, according to the Express.
The press release makes clear, in its opening paragraph:
The European Commission is asking the public how best to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags. It will ask if charging and taxation would be effective, or if other options such as an EU-level ban on plastic carrier bags would be better. Opinions will also be sought on increasing the visibility of biodegradable packaging products, and boosting the biodegradability requirements for packaging. The web-based consultation runs until August 2011.
And any citizen, organisation, NGO, university public authority or anyone else can fill in the EU's questionnaire (PDF) during the two-and-a-half month consultation period.
'Do you agree that an EU ban on plastic carrier bags is needed?' is included, along with questions about pricing, whether there should be distinctions between biodegradable and other types of plastic bag and even if it is necessary at all for the EU to act on plastic bags at all.
In other words, the EU has not devised a 'plot' to 'ban bags'.
But the comments on the Express' website makes clear that their loyal readers have swallowed their spin on the story completely, including JeffreyB: