EU resumes legal action against UK: the decision arose following the violation of Brexit by London with “unilateral changes”.
EU resumes legal action against UK: European Commission decision
The European Union has taken over the infringement procedure against the United Kingdom who was guilty of violating the Brexit agreements. In addition to resuming the infringement procedure, the EU also has opened two more lawsuits against London for failing to comply with the provisions of Brexit, which was frozen in November 2021.
The news was released following the decision of the UK government chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce a law that applies “unilateral changes” to some crucial elements of the Protocol for Northern Ireland.
With regard to the suspended procedure, officially launched in March 2021, the European Commission will shortly send the reasoned opinion which consists of the second phase of the process following which the referral to the Court of Justice. As for the two new lawsuits, however, it will be sent a letter of formal notice.
Regarding the infringement procedure, the EU Commission explained: “Despite the repeated appeals to the UK government to implement the protocol, he did not. This is a clear violation of international law. The goal of these infringement procedures is restore compliance with the protocol in a number of key areas where the UK has not implemented it properly, ultimately with theobjective of protecting the health and safety of EU citizens“.
London violates Brexit agreements with “unilateral changes”
EU resumes legal action against UK. The Vice-President of the European Commission also spoke on this issue, Maros Sefcovicwho stated: “Trust is built by adhering to international obligations. Acting unilaterally is not constructive. Violation of international agreements is not acceptable. The UK does not respect the protocol – and he added -. That is why we are launching these infringement procedures today. The EU and the UK must work together to address the practical problems that the protocol creates in Northern Ireland due to Brexit. I am still convinced that with a genuine political will to make the Protocol work, we can achieve our goals. I urge my British counterparts to engage in good faith and explore the full potential of the solutions we have proposed. Only joint solutions they will create the legal certainty that the people and businesses of Northern Ireland deserve ”.
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