European Commission has brought legal proceedings against the United Kingdom

With its refusal, the UK is in breach of its obligations under the EU treaty. The British authorities have until 22 November to send a commissioner

The United Kingdom has refused to nominate a European Commissioner, which is the reason why the European Commission has brought legal proceedings against the United Kingdom. This comes after the British government informed Ursula von der Leyen that Britain had no intention and would not nominate a British commissioner.

With its refusal, the UK is in breach of its obligations under the EU treaty. The British authorities have until 22 November to send a commissioner. The deadline must be so short because of the need for the new EC to take up office as soon as possible. the answer, or if the answer is not satisfactory, the commission will continue with the next steps in the criminal procedure,” a letter from the Commission to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Brussels’ main argument is that the British authorities have failed to comply with their obligation not to justify obstacles to national non-compliance with European rules. Johnson’s rejection of not proposing an EU commissioner because of the expected early elections was rejected.

The UK is required to nominate a Commissioner-designate while a bloc member, but in the past there have been several cases where the EU has operated with fewer representatives. The obstacle created by London’s refusal to appoint a Commissioner can be overcome by deciding the other 27 Member States not to apply the current rules, but even then the risks of litigation remain.

[BRUSSELS, Belgium]

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