Professor Collins is Professor of International Economic Law at the City, University of London and argues, in this article dated 13th February 2021, that the EU has little interest in fulfilling its international trade obligations. In his view the EU’s petty shellfish ban is an unfortunate harbinger of what is yet to come between the UK and the EU.
The EU’s unfortunate export ban on live shellfish including types of oysters, clams and mussels from the UK is most likely a violation of the both the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) as well as the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). It is also yet another indication that the EU has little interest in fulfilling its international obligations, as the threatened override of the Northern Ireland Protocol last month clearly demonstrates.
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