EU takes legal action against UK on free movement

The European Commission is taking action against the U.K. over freedom of movement | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

EU takes legal action against UK on free movement

Brussels gives Britain four months to comply with rules.


5/14/20, 6:11 PM CET

Updated 5/14/20, 6:22 PM CET

The European Commission launched infringement proceedings against the U.K. on Thursday, accusing it of failure to comply with EU law on free movement.

During the Brexit transition period, which is due to end on December 31, EU law on free movement applies to the U.K. as if it were still a member of the bloc, although its membership officially ended on January 31 this year.

A Commission statement said U.K. legislation “limits the scope of beneficiaries of EU free movement law in the United Kingdom as well as the possibilities for EU citizens and their family members to appeal administrative decisions restricting free movement rights,” thus breaching the Free Movement Directive and several other EU rules.

“The Commission considers that the United Kingdom has failed to notify its last five legislative instruments for the transposition of the Free Movement Directive,” said Commission spokesman Christian Wigand at a press briefing.

According to the assessment, U.K. rules also fail to transpose “the safeguards prescribed by the directive for certain individual decisions restricting free movement, as well as correspondence tables.”

In response, a spokesman for Downing Street said: “We will look at what the EU has to say and we will respond in due course.”

The Commission said it was concerned that current shortcomings endanger the implement

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