|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||Blog, News, Overview|
Information Guide concerning the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission against the United Kingdom (UK) on 15 March 2021.
On 3 March 2021, the UK Government stated an intention to unilaterally extend the "grace period" on paperwork concerning the movement of goods and pet travel from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This was criticised by the European Union as a delay to the full application of - and therefore a potential breach to - the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Commission argued that this was conducted without previous consultation or discussion in the bodies established by the Withdrawal Agreement signed between the two sides as a result of Brexit - the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU). Previous discussions on this matter had been unsuccessful.
As a result, the European Commission addressed a Letter of Formal Notice to the United Kingdom on 15 March 2021. The Letter launches an infringement procedure against the UK for breaching substantive provisions of the Protocol, as well as the good faith obligation under the Agreement. The UK was given one month to submit its observations to the Letter. In parallel, a political letter was sent to the UK's co-chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee. This letter calls on the UK government to rectify and refrain from putting into practice the statements and guidance published earlier in the month, and to engage in bilateral consultations for a solution to be found.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets, Politics and International Relations, Trade|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|