Britain has missed a one-month deadline to respond to a European Commission warning concerning its alleged breach of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a commission spokesperson said yesterday.
The commission is now considering taking the legal action to the next level following Britain’s failure to meet the deadline.
At the beginning of October, the commission launched legal action against Britain over its new Internal Market Bill by sending a letter of formal notice to the British government.
The Internal Market Bill gives Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the power to override a provision in the withdrawal agreement that would impose different post-Brexit customs rules on Northern Ireland than the rest of the United Kingdom.
The EU argues that this goes against the terms of their withdrawal agreement, signed earlier this year, whereas Britain claims that the bill is necessary to protect the integrity of its internal market.
Commission spokesperson, Daniel Ferrie, said the European Union had not received a response yet.
“Therefore we are considering next steps, including issuing a reasoned opinion,’’ he said.
This comes amid intensified negotiations between EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his counterpart, David Frost, that will take place this week in Brussels.
At the launch of the infringement procedure, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, had said that the bill was by its very nature a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down by the withdrawal agreement.
The infringement process can ultimately result in the top EU court imposing sanctions, but this process takes at least several months.
A result can only be expected after Britain’s transition period runs out at the end of the year.
Insecurity: UN Urges Nigerian Authorities To Conduct Counter-Terrorism Operations
United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Ms. Alice Nderitu, has urged the Nigerian authorities to conduct counter-terrorism operations in line with international human rights and humanitarian law.
Nderitu on Thursday voiced concern over the seemingly worsening security situation in Nigeria, urging authorities to address the killings.
She condemned the Jan. 24 airstrike in which at least 40 herders, mainly ethnic Fulani, were killed, and scores of other civilians were injured.
The incident occurred in a village on the border of two states, Nasarawa and Benue.
The United Nations official recalled that another airstrike in 2017, resulted in 54 civilian casualties at a camp for displaced persons in Borno State.
Nderitu was particularly concerned about the situation in the North West and North Central regions of Nigeria, where the air attacks took place.
“These dynamics of targeting communities along identity lines, if unaddressed, risk further fuelling intercommunal tensions, recruitment by armed groups and retaliatory attacks, with obvious impact on civilians” she added.
The Special Adviser said the worsening security situation was characterised by the seasonal movement of livestock for grazing, and increasing divisions among communities, including based on stigmatisation along religious and ethnic lines.
“In this extremely volatile environment, it is important that the general elections scheduled to be held on 25 February 2023 do not trigger violence and even atrocity crimes,” she warned.
Nderitu also underlined concern for increasing trends of hate speech along identity lines, and incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence that permeated political discourse in the country.
She called for all political leaders to abide by a peace accord they signed that included commitment to peaceful campaigns.
Religious and traditional leaders also were encouraged to work to appease tensions, prevent incitement to violence and address the risk of atrocity crimes ahead of the elections and beyond.
Beyond Nigeria, Nderitu expressed concern over the manipulation of transhumance in political discourse, across the whole of West Africa and the vast Sahel region.
“Continuous high levels of violence targeting communities in relation to transhumance, including with hate speech and incitement to violence, are particularly concerning in view of upcoming elections in many countries in the region,” she said.
Key Suspect In Haitian President’s Murder Extradited To US
Rodolphe Jaar, a key suspect in the murder of former Haitian President Jovenel Moise, was yesterday extradited to the United States from the Dominican Republic, media reported.
Earlier, media reported that Jaar, a Haitian businessman and convicted drug trafficker, was arrested in the Dominican Republic.
On Wednesday, the suspect was detained by United States federal agents in Miami upon his arrival from the Dominican Republic, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.
Moise was shot dead at his residence on July 7, 2021, while his wife sustained injuries and subsequently received medical treatment in the United States.
Haitian authorities have detained over 40 suspects in Moise’s assassination, including 18 Colombian citizens and five United States citizens.
Otto Warmbier’s Family Awarded $240,000
The family of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months and died in 2017 shortly after being returned to the United States in a coma, was awarded more than $240,000 in seized assets from Pyongyang, a New York federal court ruled.
Why it matters: The payment is part of a $500 million wrongful death lawsuit, in which Warmbier’s family alleged that North Korea took him hostage, tortured him and was responsible for his death.
Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student at the time, travelled to North Korea in 2015, where he was arrested and accused of stealing a propaganda poster from a restricted area of his hotel.
After publicly confessing to the crime with a script that some experts have said was likely drafted by North Korean officials, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
After a total of 17 months in captivity, he was flown back to the United States on June 13 with severe brain damage that North Korea attributed, without evidence, to botulism, and he died six days later in a Cincinnati hospital.
A federal judge in December, 2018 ruled that North Korea was responsible for Warmbier’s death and ordered Pyongyang to pay his family $500 million.
The big picture: The $240,000 awarded by the Northern District Court of New York last week was seized from the country’s Korea Kwangson Banking Corp after the government and bank did not respond to multiple court orders and notices.
Education4 days ago
NUT Reacts To Threat By RSG On Penalisation Of Public Schools Principals, Head Teachers
Politics4 days ago
Reps To Ensure Enrollment Of 14m Out-Of-School Children
News4 hours ago
NYSC: Pay Attention To Security Of Corps Members, D-G Urges Employers
Sports3 hours ago
PH Club Amateur Open Golf Tourney Tees- Off, Oct 9
Sports4 days ago
LG Football Councils Appoint Chairman, Secretary
News4 days ago
NDDC Fast-Tracks Key Bayelsa, Rivers Link Road For Commissioning
Niger Delta3 hours ago
Delta Community Petitions Reps Over Police Brutality, Harassment
Niger Delta4 days ago
Gov Woos Investors In Agriculture, Others At UNGA 78