Ursula von der Leyen‘s legal challenge against the British Government has been dismantled by Michael Gove. The President of the European Commission confirmed that the EU is starting legal proceedings due to the UK’s Internal Market Bill which seeks to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Mr Gove told the House of Lords’ European Union Committee why the action was unnecessary.
He said: “The provisions in the bill are intended to be a safety net, to ensure that if there are areas that need to be addressed, that first of all the joint committee should address them. Then if no agreement can be reached by the joint committee, an arbital process of course kicks in.
“But we reserve the right, if the legislation is there, to ensure that the integrity of the United Kingdom is protected if no agreement has been reached.
“We received a letter from President von der Leyen last week that signalled her intent to launch proceedings.
“We entirely understand the reasons why the EU feel this is an appropriate action, but we believe progress can be made through the joint committee.”
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