“The Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the U.K. government”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU is starting legal action against the U.K. for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreementhttps://t.co/R1d7h0f2zp pic.twitter.com/855NeZPUL1
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The U.K. was expecting the letter and the European Commission sends dozens of such notices to member states each month over various instances of alleged breaches of EU law. An exchange of letters and explanations follow, before some of these cases reach the EU’s courts.
It’s not unusual for the EU to take legal action against countries and as soon as the U.K. acknowledged that its plan was in breach of the Withdrawal Agreement, such a move became inevitable.
But officials on both sides say privately that they don’t want it to overshadow negotiations on a future trade deal. They hope that if they get an agreement on that, fuss over the legal action will quietly fade into the background.