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UPDATE 1-EU's executive would view Brexit legal remedies from end Sept

Tue, 22nd Sep 2020 16:30

(Updates with Sefcovic on possible legal remedies)

BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission will
look into legal remedies at the end of the month if Britain does
not adjust the parts of a domestic bill which breaches the
Brexit divorce deal agreed last year, EU Commission
Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said on Tuesday.

Sefcovic, speaking after a meeting of Europe ministers in
Brussels, said that the Commission, which is negotiating on
behalf of the 27 EU members, was asking London to withdraw the
contentious parts of the bill by the end of September.

"After that we would look into the question of legal
remedies," he told a news conference.

A new crisis in EU-UK talks has emerged after British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson proposed new domestic laws for Britain
that would undercut the Brexit divorce international treaty,
known as the Withdrawal Agreement.

"There are other remedies which we can use still during the
transition period but also after Jan. 1 because the Withdrawal
Agreement is signed, ratified is part of international law and
we are studying very carefully all the legal options we have on
the table," Sefcovic said.

He said that the Commission would keep its calm and continue
talking with Britain to find a solution to the issue, and one
that left the Withdrawal Agreement intact.

Earlier, he said that the European Union would negotiate
with Britain in good faith.

"We will continue to engage with the UK in good faith,
building on progress already achieved," he told reporters.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, writing by Robin Emmott and
Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Foo Yun Chee)

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