EU rallies member states to punish Boris Johnson and block UK access to dispute system

The European Commission has issued a “communication” recommending that the UK should not be allowed to join the Lugano Convention. Eurocrats argue the accord is a benefit for single market members and shouldn’t be extended to Britain after Brexit. The Commission said: “Given the UK’s decision to leave the EU, its Single Market and Customs Union, as well as its decision to have a more distant relationship with the EU than EEA-EFTA countries, the Commission takes the view that the EU should not give its consent to the UK’s request to join the Convention.”

The Lugano Convention is a cross-border pact that determines which countries’ courts have jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes.

Downing Street has expressed interest in joining the agreement, which is not an EU treaty.

The treaty is signed by the EU, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.

Britain gave up its Lugano membership as part of the Brexit process.

In its four-page communisation to member states, the Commission proposes that Britain instead join an alternative legal order.

It sates: “Consequently, the Hague Conventions should provide the framework for future cooperation between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the field of civil judicial cooperation.”

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