UK pays EU 2.6 billion euros to settle dispute over tariffs | outside

The UK has transferred a total of €2.6 billion to the EU since June to end a legal dispute over tariffs on Chinese textiles. The government in London announced this on Thursday.

“While the United Kingdom has since left the European Union (…), the government is committed to settling this age-old issue once and for all and is committed to meeting its international obligations,” Deputy Chancellor of the Exchequer John Glenn said in a written statement. Parliament.

In 2018, the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against the UK for failing to take action against undervalued imports of textiles and footwear from China despite numerous recommendations.

As a result, the British government collected insufficient customs duties. These are the so-called traditional private resources that member states must transfer directly to the European budget. The Commission demanded 2.7 billion euros from the British.

The European Court of Justice had confirmed in March last year that the UK had failed in its obligations as a member state, but had asked the Commission to recalculate the amount owed.

This amount was eventually reduced at €1.4 billion, but plus €1.2 billion in interest. “The sums are large (…) but it draws a line under this ongoing issue,” Glenn said.

The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, 2020. However, the division of ownership provides that the country remains subject to European jurisdiction for violations of European rules at the time of its membership.

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