May 11
Trajan Shipley
4th May 2021
External Relations & Trade Justice & Litigation

Commission proposes not to give consent to UK’s application to join Lugano Convention

The European Commission has published a Communication on the United Kingdom’s application to join the Lugano Convention, which governs the rules on jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments between EU Member States and EFTA States Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. The Commission has taken the view that the EU should not give its consent to the UK’s request to join the Convention.

The Lugano Convention ceased to apply to the UK on 31 January 2020, although it was treated as a Member State under the Convention until the end of the transition period provided for in the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The UK applied to accede the Convention in its own right on 8 April 2020, seeking the extension of its application to Gibraltar.

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