EU to take legal action against UK for breach of international law – Brexit deal in chaos

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will send a “letter of formal notice” to the Prime Minister in a bid to make him drop his plans to rip up sections of last year’s divorce deal relating to Northern Ireland. Eurocrats will claim the UK has breached a number of “good faith” clauses in the Withdrawal Agreement. And if the Government refuses to drop its Internal Markets Bill, the EU will threaten further legal actions against the UK.

This includes hauling Mr Johnson before judges at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Legal advice previously circulated to European capitals claimed the EU could slap the Government with hefty fines or trade sanctions if it is found in breach of the divorce pact.

Hardline countries, such as France, have been pushing hard for the Commission to make an example of the UK after the legislation was published.


Mrs von der Leyen will meet with Irish premier Micheal Martin after the announcement.

Dublin believes the most contentious parts of No 10’s Brexit Bill will eventually “fade away” once a trade deal is concluded, according to foreign minister Simon Coveney.

Wrangling over the UK and EU’s future relationship continues with Lord Frost, the Prime Minister’s Brexit envoy, currently in Brussels for talks with Michel Barnier.


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