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Furious EU takes Denmark to court for daring to challenge rules – and UK is next in line

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And Facts4EU has said the latest example of bullying behaviour is a clear indication that Brussels will try to intimidate the UK in a similar fashion for having the temerity to quit the bloc. Millions will tune in to watch tonight’s match at Wembley Stadium at 8pm, with a place against Italy, winners of last night’s penalty shootout with Spain, at stake.

The wrangle related to Danish rules limiting the time lorries are permitted to stay in state-owned rest areas to 25 hours in order to ensure they are available for drivers as and when they are required.

The Danes, led by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, believe the limit is reasonable given it only takes five-and-a-half hours to drive from Skagen in the far north of the country to Copenhagen in the east.

However, the European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen, has now confirmed it is taking Denmark to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where the country will presumably face penalties of a rather different sort.

Specifically, the Commission claims Denmark has infringed Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009, relating to common rules for access to the international road haulage market, and Regulation (EU) 561/2006, relating to obligations on driving and rest times.

Report author Leigh Evans, Facts4EU’s editor-in-chief, said: “At least the EU has only shown the Danes the yellow card – it can’t afford to see more players leave the ‘level playing field’.

“While countries across the EU have been battling the Covid health crisis, readers will be relieved to know that the autocratic referees in the EU Commission have not let this divert them from the important task of imposing their totalitarian will on vital matters of concern, such as the time lorries can stay in lorry parks in Denmark.” 

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Mr Evans added: “Denmark will face a penalty shoot-out in the EU’s court and it seems highly likely that the EU side will win.

“In that event, the Danish team will be chastised, ultimately given financial penalties if doesn’t comply with the judgment, and will be told not to do it again.”

Turning his attention to Brexit, Mr Evans said the Commission had likewise continent take the UK to court last year despite to having left the bloc in January.

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He said: “Even now, after the ‘Transition Period’ has ended and the UK is supposedly out from under the EU yoke, the Commission has continued to bring fresh legal proceedings against the UK.

“The Brexit battle may have been won to some extent, but the war isn’t over.

“It is perfectly obvious that the EU will continue to do everything possible to punish the people of the United Kingdom for daring to leave its evil empire.

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