The EU announced it will take action after Johnson failed to back down with a law rewriting the exit agreement.
The European Union announced that it will start “legal actions” against the controversial British internal market law, which reescribe parts of the Brexit divorce deal. Downing St has until the end of October to respond.
It was especially announced by the president of the Commission, the former German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen, who said that Boris Johnson “did not heed his warning” and that “infringement proceedings are going to be launched.”
They have already been officially informed. “We invite our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their ‘draft’ of legislation on the domestic market by the end of September,” said the president.
This “draft” is a break up of the obligations of good faith, established in the divorce agreement. More, if they are adopted, it will be a complete contradiction with the protocol of Ireland and Northern Ireland ”said Ursula Von Der Leyen. She wants to end the talks on January 31 next.
The decision of the European Commission marks a climb and even “it could mean the interruption of the negotiations”, according to a British lawmaker.
The European announcement comes after the British House of Commons approve modifications to the already signed separation agreement between the kingdom and the EU, which Boris Johnson himself had approved at the end of January.
The internal market law, established by Boris Johnson and his Brexiteers, affects the agreement reached for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
De facto reestablishes a border between both countries and it jeopardizes the delicate peace in the former troubled British province, now pro-European, which will remain in the EU common market after the divorce. The EU supports the Good Friday Agreement that guarantees peace.
British domestic market law may spell the beginning of the disintegration of the kingdom: With a simple referendum, the two Irlandes can unite into one country and Northern Ireland leave the kingdom.
A warning from former British Prime Minister Theresa May last week.
Boris promoted legislation that overlaps and erases the one obtained in the approved European divorce agreement, which the British legislators themselves and the secretary of Northern Ireland himself admitted that “Violates international law.”
It allows ministers to have the power to decide what kinds of state aid and goods can cross the border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The Brexiteers government believes that it is a way “to regain control”, which had been “diffuse” in the agreement obtained, which they considered precarious and not final.
Despite a minor rebellion in Parliament, the law passed in the Commons this week and now must be debated and voted on in the House of Lords.
That’s where may meet resistance.
Britain left the European Union on January 31. But there is a “transition time”, in which the same rules that united them for years must be followed until the end of 2020.
The current negotiations are about the future of relations between the kingdom and the continent. But if a solution is not found by mid-October, the possibility of Britain’s exit from the EU without a deal is a real possibility.