EU threatens legal action against UK for breaching Brussels’ free movement laws

EU threatens legal action against UK for breaching Brussels’ free movement laws

The European Commission said the UK had failed to notify the bloc about legislative changes that failed “to comply with EU law on free movement of EU citizens”. Eurocrats said they would escalate the case to the European Court of Justice unless the Government comes into line with the bloc’s rules within the next four months. If Britain fails to implement the necessary measures demanded by the bloc, it could face being slapped with hefty fines.

The threat only reinforces Boris Johnson decision to not extend the post-Brexit transition period when it expires.

Since leaving the EU on January 31, Britain must follow the bloc’s rules until the end of the year.

In a statement, the Commission said: “The rights of EU citizens resident in the UK after the end of the transition period, as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement, are built on the rights that they currently enjoy in the UK under EU rules.”

A spokesman added: “In this specific case, the commission considers that the United Kingdom has failed to notify its last five legislative instruments for the transposition of the free movement directive, its national rules transposing the safeguards prescribed by the directive for certain individual decisions restricting free movement, as well as correspondence tables.

“On substance, the commission is of the view that the United Kingdom has, over the last few years, limited the scope of beneficiaries of EU free movement law in the United Kingdom as well as the possibilities for EU citizens and their family members to appeal administrative decisions restricting free movement rights.”

Downing Street has received a letter from Brussels.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We will look at what the EU has to say and we will respond in due course.”

Published at Thu, 14 May 2020 14:29:00 +0000