EU Calls On Member States To Deny UK Access To Lugano Convention

Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the Nordic and Baltic states, were calling for Britain to be allowed to join the accord. 

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Brussels has issued a statement advising that Britain should not be allowed to join the Lugano Convention… stating that the accord is a benefit for single market members and Britain shouldn’t be allowed to benefit from it after Brexit.

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The EU 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.”

Meanwhile, the Lugano Convention is a cross-border agreement that determines which countries’ courts have jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes.

The UK government has expressed interest in joining the accord, which is not an EU treaty. The treaty is signed by the EU, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.

The UK lost its Lugano membership when it exited the EU via Brexit.

The EU, in its four-page statement to member states, suggested that Britain should instead join an alternative legal order.

“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,” it states.

Eurocrats insist that the Lugano Convention is a benefit of membership to the EU’s single market, though the opinion has put the Commission at odds with some member states. It appears that only France is currently supporting the EU executive’s hardline approach.

Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the Nordic and Baltic states, were calling for Britain to be allowed to join the accord.

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Germany, however, remains indecisive as a result of governmental splits but could play a key role in Britain rejoining Lugano because EU capitals have the final say on any decision. But if Berlin joins other supporters, the UK will be approved.

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