The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the UK for not complying with important parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Commission claims that, despite repeated calls on the UK government to implement the Protocol, it has ‘failed to do so’, which is a ‘clear breach of international law’.
The aim of these infringement proceedings is to restore compliance with the Protocol in a number of key areas where the UK hasn’t been implementing it properly – ultimately with the goal of protecting the health and safety of EU citizens.
At the same time, the commission is today providing additional details on the possible solutions it put forward in October 2021 to facilitate the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič, commented: “Trust is built by adhering to international obligations. Acting unilaterally is not constructive. Violating international agreements is not acceptable. The UK is not respecting the Protocol. That is why we are launching these infringement proceedings today.”