The European Commission on Thursday launched infringement proceedings against the UK for violating the withdrawal agreement, which sets the terms for Brexit and gives it one month to rectify the situation. This is the first phase of a file that is ultimately before the EU Court of Justice if the parties do not resolve the dispute first.
The head of the Community Executive, Ursula von der Leyen, reported in an unquestioned statement that her services sent a “letter of subpoena” to the UK authorities this Thursday, the first step in a sanctions file.
“The letter asks the UK government to send its comments within one month. In the meantime, the European Commission will work hard to fully implement the withdrawal agreement,” concluded Von der Leyen.
The European Union gave Boris Johnson’s government the chance until this Wednesday September 30th to amend the controversial Single Market law that would allow London to ignore some provisions of the Brexit deal as it affects the control of goods in transit Northern Ireland to Great Britain.