EU: Infringement procedures against UK for not complying with parts of Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol

The UK has two months to reply to the letters, after which the EC may take further measures.

Not complying with parts of Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Commission (EC) today launched four new infringement procedures against the UK for not complying with “significant parts” of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.

According to today’s EC release, the UK government has failed to implement the Protocol despite repeated calls by the European Parliament, the 27 EU Member States, and the EC.

The EC has decided to launch four new infringement procedures against the UK in respect of Northern Ireland for failing to:

  • Comply with the applicable customs requirements, supervision requirements, and risk controls on the movement of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain
  • Notify the transposition of EU legislation laying down general EU rules on excise duties, which will become applicable from 13 February 2023
  • Notify the transposition of EU rules on excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • Implement EU rules on value added tax (VAT) for e-commerce, namely the import one-stop shop (IOSS)

The UK has two months to reply to the letters, after which the EC may take further measures.

Today’s infringement procedures come in addition to the infringement procedures launched in June 2022. Read the June 2022 EC release

 

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