The European Commission is launching a so-called infringement procedure against the United Kingdom. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced this.
According to the Commission, a controversial bill from the British government threatens to jeopardize the Brexit agreement that was concluded with the EU last year.
Earlier this week, the UK Parliament, the House of Commons, passed a controversial government bill, the Internal Market Bill.
This allows Prime Minister Boris Johnson to revise the withdrawal treaty with the European Union unilaterally. For the sake of clarity, the law will only become definitive if the House of Lords also approves it.
The UK bill violates international law, says the European Commission.
“It is a clear violation of the good faith obligation contained in the Withdrawal Agreement,” said von der Leyen. “Adopting this draft in its current form will be a clear violation of Northern Ireland protocol.”