European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that it had sent a formal notice to the UK about its plan to cancel the Brexit divorce agreement, taking the first step in legal proceedings.
This comes after UK lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial Internal Markets Bill earlier this week, although international law in the country could be violated despite some ministers accepting the law.
Britain has said that the proposed legislation, which now requires the approval of the House of Lords, will protect the integrity of the UK. The bill would allow ministers to unilaterally amend elements of the country’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union.
This has widened the divide between Britain and Europe, threatening trade negotiations in the post-Brexit transition.
“If it is adopted, it would be in complete contradiction to the Ireland-Northern Ireland protocol,” von der Leyen said in a television statement.
The head of the executive arm of the European Union said it had given Britain until the end of September to remove “problematic parts” of the Internal Markets Bill, but the deadline had now expired and the provisions remain.
“Therefore, this morning the Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK Government. This is the first step in the breach process.”
The UK government will have a month to respond with their comments. “In addition, the Commission will continue to work hard for the full and timely implementation of the withdrawal agreement. We stand by our commitments.”
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