From next week, the European Union Commission intends to initiate two proceedings against Great Britain. This is the culmination of a dispute over border control with Northern Ireland.
In a dispute over control of the import of goods to Northern Ireland, the European Union Commission intends to initiate two proceedings against Great Britain for violating the Brexit Treaty. The authority gained the support of member states this week, it told European Union circles on Friday. Thus the proceedings can be started “from next week”.
This background is the conflict over the expansion of transitional rules for the import of British goods into Northern Ireland. Britain recently extended it unilaterally to October. The European Union considers it a violation of the Brexit Treaty and has threatened legal action.
A Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of the Brexit Treaty, aims to prevent border controls from becoming necessary again between the British province and the EU member Ireland. Because, according to both sides, it could provoke a bloody Northern Ireland conflict. Therefore there should be control between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Proceedings may end before the European Court of Justice
According to information received from the circles of the European Union, the Commission intends to initiate violations proceedings due to the extended transitional rules. She first describes the violations in a letter and demands that they be removed. The proceedings may ultimately take place in several stages under the leadership of the European Court of Justice. If he had decided in favor of the EU, he could have fined Great Britain.
In the second process, the Commission intends to activate the dispute settlement mechanism in the Brexit Treaty. Great Britain should be accused of not fulfilling the obligation of “good faith” provided for the Brexit Treaty, it said.
Here, the conflict will first be dealt with by a joint committee responsible for the proper application of the withdrawal agreement. If there is no solution, the European Union may demand the establishment of an arbitration panel.
Its resolutions will be binding on both sides. Fines are also possible here. If one party does not comply with the arbitration award, the other may suspend parts of the withdrawal agreement.