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The European Union will take legal action against the UK over ‘Brexit breaches’

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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that the European Union has started legal proceedings against the UK over its Internal Market Bill, which overrides terms set out by the Withdrawal Agreement.

The United Kingdom has one month to respond to the EU’s letter of formal notice.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the U.K. government”.

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The Republic of Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin has said the Irish Government supports the European Commission in taking legal action against the United Kingdom over the Internal Market Bill.

“I think [legal action] was to be expected and we support the Commission in its actions.

“It did give the United Kingdom a month to respond in relation to withdrawing the Internal Market Bill and the unilateral action it took in relation to the Northern Ireland Protocol,” the Mr Martin said.

UNN understands the letter went through several drafts, and its contents were closely coordinated by President von der Leyen’s cabinet and the cabinet of Maroš Šefčovič.

A spokesperson for HM’s Government said: “We will respond to the letter in due course. We have clearly set out our reasons for introducing the measures related to the Northern Ireland protocol. We need to create a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market, ensure ministers can always deliver on their obligations to Northern Ireland and protect the gains from the peace process.”

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