Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

EU Council president: Don't give up' on remaining

EU Council president: Don't give up' on remaining

"The UK authorities have until 22 November at the latest to provide their views".

The commission's letter sent to London on Thursday is the first step of an infringement procedure that could end up at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

The new snag caused by Britain's refusal to name a commissioner could be overcome with a decision by European Union states not to apply current rules, but risks of legal challenges remain.

Mrs von der Leyen twice wrote to the Prime Minister demanding that someone be named.

Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's ambassador to Brussels, informed the incoming European Commission president that the Prime Minister would not appoint one because of the general election.

The UK government has written to European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen to say it will not nominate a British member to her top team before its December 12 election, AFP reported.

Having called the election after United Kingdom lawmakers refused to pass his Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and meet a previous 31 October exit deadline, Boris Johnson's government would prefer to re-nominate Sir Julian King, the UK's current Commissioner.

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The infringement proceeding is, therefore, a way for von Der Leyen to minimize the risks of a legal challenge against her new Commission, as MEPs are in the process of approving her replacement picks for commissioner posts.

The body, which normally comprises of one representative from each member state, holds powers including negotiating worldwide trade deals, policing members states' finances and proposing EU-wide laws on a range of topics including the environment and migration.

Many Western diplomats believe Britain after Brexit must be careful not alienate itself from other friendly countries who have a more multilateral approach to world politics than Trump. Johnson previously vowed not to do so.

British taxpayers face paying out for a large fine after the EU launched a legal action against Boris Johnson's government over his failure to abide by the law and nominate a candidate for the new European commission.

The UK will not nominate a European commissioner before December, Westminster announced on Thursday.

Adina Valean of Romania, who has been endorsed for the transports portfolio, also passed the test while Oliver Várhelyi, the Hungarian candidate commissioner for the bloc's enlargement, was asked to answer additional written questions by Monday. All of his shares in Atos were sold, for around Euro 45 million, and he has resigned from all board positions.

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