EU wants power to impose huge fines on Britain for years after Brexit

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EU negotiators want to be able to impose huge fines on Britain for breaking European laws for years after Brexit, it has emerged.

The European Commission believes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) should have the power to rule on British infringements of EU laws that occurred at any time before the March 2019 withdrawal date, and to levy financial penalties.

The news comes on the day that David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, returns to Brussels for his second round of face-to-face negotiations, with the message that both sides must “get down to business”.

According to EU negotiating papers, the European Commission, leading the Brexit talks for the EU, wants the ECJ to be able to hear a case if “facts relating” to it occurred at any point before Brexit day. EU officials have put no statute of limitations on potential lawsuits.

David Davis and Michel Barnier will be face to face once again

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Bart Van Vooren, an associate lawyer in the Brussels office of global…

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