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.
EU to Start Legal Action Against U.K. on Internal Market (Bloomberg)
U-turn of you want to…
…Der Leyen’s not for turning.
“We will never backtrack on that. This agreement has been ratified by this House and by the House of Commons.
“It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”
Ms von der Leyen quoted the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher: “Britain does not break treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world, and bad for any future treaty on trade”.
She added: “This was true then, and this is true today. Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership.
EU chief says EU will ‘never backtrack’ on Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (RTÉ)
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen
She’s really Leyen down Der law.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has sought further Golfgate details and clarifications from Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan
Following growing calls for Phil Hogan to resign his post as Ireland EU Trade Commissioner….
Via RTÉ news:
“This is a matter which requires careful assessment on our side. This is a matter where details count,” spokesperson Dana Spinant told a news briefing this morning.
“Therefore, the president has required Commissioner Hogan to provide a full report. The president has received such a report from Commissioner Hogan last night. She is now looking at it… the president has requested further clarifications because details are important and she wishes to have them.”
Ms Spinant added that it was difficult for the Commission to establish if Mr Hogan’s reported movements between Kildare, Kilkenny and Galway were in line with Irish regulations, “which differ county to county”.
Pressed by reporters on the issue of Mr Hogan being cautioned by gardaí for using his mobile phone while driving, Ms Spinant said traffic incidents are for local police authorities to address.
EU President Von der Leyen seeking further details from Hogan (RTÉ)
Previously: Big Phil And Little Séamus
uber alles all in this together.
Look, no strings.
Government Buildings, Dublin 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of a meeting to discuss Brexit, climate issues and negotiations on the EU’s budget for 2021-2027.
EU chief vows ‘day and night’ talks on post-Brexit trade deal (RTÉ)
German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated by EU leaders to replace Jean-Claude ‘Drunker’ Juncker as European Commission President. EU leaders will nominate their choice for President of the European Parliament today
Soberer than the last boss.
Who is Ursula von der Leyen, the surprise compromise as European Commission president? (DW)
Thanks John Gallen