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European Commission launches legal action against UK

Christian Fernsby |
The European Commission carried out its threat on Thursday over launching legal action against the UK government regarding its Internal Market Bill.

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A letter of formal notice has been sent to the UK government.

The British government has previously publicly admitted the bill breaks international law by unilaterally overriding key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement the UK signed with the EU.

Brussels had previously given London time until the end of September to remove the offending clauses of the bill.

The Withdrawal Agreement has the legal force of an international treaty, and as such cannot be unilaterally changed, the EU said.

The EU will continue negotiating with the UK, as it does not want to be blamed for the potential failure of Brexit talks.

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