The European Union said it was “not shy about using” mechanisms and remedies to eliminate violations.
The European Commission has warned the UK that it is ready to use legal mechanisms to protect its interests if the UK violates the EU withdrawal agreement. This was stated in a statement following an extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on Thursday, September 10.
The day before, the meeting was held in London, attended by Vice-President of the European Commission Maros Shefchovic and British Minister Michael Gove, who oversees the negotiations on Brexit.
“He (Shefchovich, – ed.) reminded the British government that the Withdrawal Agreement contains a number of mechanisms and remedies to address violations of legal obligations contained in the text, which the European Union is not hesitant to use,” reads the EU statement.
In addition, the Vice-President “unequivocally stated” that timely and full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland agreed to by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government, is a legal obligation.
“The European Union hopes that the letter and spirit of this Agreement will be fully respected. Violation of the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement will violate international law, undermine trust and jeopardize ongoing negotiations on future relations,” the EC added.
The European Commission also rejected the argument that the purpose of the bill that London wants to approve is to protect the Belfast Agreement. Brussels believes it is the other way around.
“Maros Shefčović said that by putting forward this bill, Britain has seriously undermined trust between the EU and Britain. Now the British government must restore that trust,” summed up in Brussels.
Recall that earlier France accused Britain of delaying negotiations on Brexit. Negotiations on a trade agreement between Britain and the EU remain at an impasse because of Britain’s “intransigence and unrealistic position,” France said.
It was also reported that the EU has doubts about reaching an agreement with Britain on Brexit. The chief negotiator from the EU says he does not understand “why we continue to waste time with this attitude of the British side.