Breaking News: EU sends warning to UK over infringement of Withdrawal Agreement
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
A few weeks ago it was announced the UK Government was ready to breach international law through their introduction of the Internal Market Bill, which said to infringe parts of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Today, Michel Barnier, EU's Chief Negotiator, has assured that 'Full & effective implementation of Withdrawal Agreement will always be an absolute priority for the European union'. The EU has now proceeded to send a letter to the UK Government of formal notice about this infringement and giving the UK a month to reply to this letter.
This of course is adding another layer of complexity to a process that was already difficult in itself. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said 'the EU is starting legal action against the U.K. for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement' - Watch her brief speech here as reported by Bloomberg.
With an original view that a trade deal will be signed off by the 15th October, it now seems very unlikely that will be the case. We remain observant of this process, as any further fall-out on this negotiation process at this stage could see even further delays in getting a UK-EU trade agreement, not to mention further disruptions on what it is already expected a period that will bring many changes.