Re: Brussels opposes UK entry to the Lugano Convention legal pact
Originally Posted by Banchory
Thatís because I didnít see the need to state the obvious.
I canít see it makes much difference as we donít have similar arrangements with non EU countries .
The London Chamber of Commerce seem to be upset about it though.
Imagine a scenario where you have bought a Christmas present for a friend, and itís being shipped from a company in Europe. It arrives and is not what you ordered, and you end up in a dispute with the company that sold it to you.
Civil judicial cooperation allows you to enforce your rights across the differing legal jurisdictions.
Agreed rules on jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil commercial matters ensure that those involved in cross-border trade and transactions are protected and have access to justice regardless of their financial resources.
These rules benefit individuals, consumers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) most, and the effects of not having access to efficient mechanisms on enforcement of judgments is felt on both sides of the arising EU Ė UK border.
The commercial, cultural and social ties between the EU and UK are here to stay, and the continuation of a deep and meaningful relationship is in the interest of both.
Whatever our relationship is with the EU moving forward, UK consumers will still want to buy from EU businesses, and likewise EU consumers will want to buy from British businesses.
Procedural obstacles apply both to UK and EU parties equally: if there is no commonly agreed framework on the enforcement of judgments, it is felt in both sides of the border as recovery of assets or courts awards becomes more complicated and costly for the parties involved.
Since it is the UK that is eager to become member of this convention, the EU now uses its granting permission as leverage in the NI protocol discussion.