European Union to launch legal action against United Kingdom over Brexit bill

Friday, 02 Oct, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to introduce legislation that would override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement he signed, which would be in conflict with worldwide law.

British and European Union trade mediators have actually stopped working to close the space on state aid, a crucial element disallowing their brand-new arrangement on post-Brexit trade ties, authorities and diplomatic sources with the bloc stated as 27 nationwide leaders collect in Brussels on Thursday.

Both sides are trying to forge a free trade deal by the end of the year but are at an impasse over state aid rules and access to fishing waters.

This means that if the United Kingdom does not reach an agreement on trade with its European neighbours, the EU's codes on goods coming into Northern Ireland will still be required, necessitating checks at the border.

It does this by effectively keeping Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods.

Ms von der Leyen gave no indication as to what action could follow if the commission did not receive a satisfactory response.

"This morning, the Commission has made a decision to send a letter of formal notice to the U.K. Government".

Mairead McGuinness, the EU's financial services commissioner designate, said from January there would be significant changes in financial services between Britain and the EU, regardless of whether UK-EU talks that continue this week reach on a free trade agreement. "We stand by our commitment". The Internal Market Bill successfully completed its journey through the Commons and now heads to the House of Lords where it is expected to also face fierce opposition ahead of becoming law.

The controversial legislation is now being debated by the House of Lords. "Well it's gone down".

"As you know, we had invited our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their draft Internal Market Bill by the end of September", the European Commission president said.

The government had previously admitted that its Internal Market Bill would breach the treaty and break worldwide law in a "very specific and limited way".

The British vehicle industry will face new barriers exporting to Europe even if a UK-EU trade agreement is agreed later this year, the UK's chief Brexit negotiator has admitted.

The talks have been in turmoil since London introduced new legislation that would breach the withdrawal agreement. The legislation caused uproar both in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.

Should one side stop working to honour choices made through that procedure, the Arbitration Panel might enforce fines and the opposite might strike back by striking bilateral trade in other places.

"Don't look for too much behind this", Rutte said about the start of legal action.

In the normal course of events, a hostile finding by the ECJ would take many months to emerge.