London - "Bring it on!" was the only comment from a consortium of British producers of the Triple-A carbon-zinc battery threatened with downgrading by EU penpushers.
They were joined by manufacturers of the alkaline, lithium and NiMH rechargeable Triple-A equivalents threatened with dumbing down in the current spat over ratings status.
At the core of the row is a sustained Illuminati attack on British battery recycling banks in the City of London.
Brussels 'enlightened ones' want a 10p surcharge on all hazardous waste transactions in a bid to shore up debts of ill-fated French, Belgian and German equivalents.
The move follows a spate of Europe-wide tragedies featuring catastrophic fallout from failing hand-held vibrators, dildos and unisex plug-ins.
"Loada bollox if you ask me," someone in the UK Treasury commented this afternoon.
"Always thought that lithium is a tissue salt used as a chemical cosh in the treatment of mood instability - like bipolar disorder - as well as what what we policy honks call the Great Depression."
A standard AAA+ triple-pack costs about a quid these daze.