The Latest: EU launches action against UK over commissioner

The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country’s decision not to name a candidate…

The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country’s decision not to name a candidate for the bloc’s executive arm.

The EU Commission says in a statement that it has sent a letter of formal notice to UK authorities, which have until Friday next week to “provide their views.”

Sending a letter of formal notice is the first step in a lengthy legal procedure if the Commission deems a member state to be in contravention of EU rules. In the final stages of an infringement procedure the EU Commission can refer such a case to the bloc’s highest court, which can in turn impose financial penalties.

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