Brussels had repeatedly warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it would be “not shy” to take legal action if he advanced the law. Irish government spokeswoman for European affairs Neale Richmond said on Thursday that the complaint was regrettable but “absolutely the right decision.” In his State of the European Union address last month, Von der Leyen rebuked the State of the European Union Act, citing former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher`s insistence that the UK live up to its commitments. The EU today sent a letter of formal notice to the UK for breach of its obligations under the withdrawal agreement. This marks the beginning of a formal infringement procedure against Britain,” von der Leyen said in a brief opinion. Brussels has taken legal action against Britain over its plan to repeal parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, trade between the two parties will fall back to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. EU leader Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that Brussels had taken legal action over the British government`s attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The European Commission has launched a formal infringement procedure against the United Kingdom by sending a letter of formal notice to the UK Government for breach of its obligations under the withdrawal agreement. The UK government has one month to respond to this letter. But any legal avenue is long and unpredictable – and it is unlikely that a solution will be found before the end of the UK`s transitional period on 31 December.
The EU`s legal path is long and uncertain, with no indication as to when such a trial will be completed in court. This gives Brussels enough time to reach a political agreement, while leaving a kind of threat alive. That is what the UK announced on Wednesday. it had signed a fisheries agreement with Norway. Under the agreement, the two countries will have reciprocal access to the other country`s fisheries sovereignty and set annual fishing quotas. In Brussels, EU countries have repeatedly made it clear that full implementation of the withdrawal agreement is a must to give the green light to a possible agreement on future relations. French EU Minister Clement Beaune today reiterated that without it, the EU would not ratify a trade agreement. Diplomats say the talks are not necessarily torpedoed by legal action, but London`s attitude has stalled negotiations ahead of an EU summit scheduled for October 15.
If there is no agreement by the end of October, EU officials warn, it is hard to imagine how ratification could be undertaken by the end of the year, meaning the UK would leave the single market without a trade deal. She added that the bill was by nature “a very strong breach of the duty of good faith” contained in the withdrawal agreement that the UK withdrew from the EU in January.