EU announces legal action against United Kingdom for unilaterally breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol

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The Commission will send a reasoned opinion to London and if it does not find a “satisfactory” response, it may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission for Inter-institutional Relations, Maros Sefkovic.
The Deputy Chairman of the Election Commission for Inter-institutional Relations, Maros Sefkovic.AP
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The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it would reactivate an infringement process against the United Kingdom that was “frozen” and will launch two more files following new legislation promoted by the British prime minister, boris johnsonTo unilaterally modify what was agreed upon for Northern Ireland in the Brexit agreement.

The file that Brussels is going to reactivate – after it was “frozen” in March 2021 – was launched at the time as London was set to ratify the agreement between the parties regarding the certificates required for the movement of agri-food products. was not implementing.

Brussels is now going to send a reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom, the second stage of the infringement process, and, in the event that London does not respond in a “satisfactory” manner, the European Union may refer the matter to the Court of Justice. EU, community sources warn…

In addition, Brussels will introduce two new procedures specifically in response to London’s failure to comply with European sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, due to a lack of necessary controls and a lack of adequate personnel and infrastructure.

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