The European Commission has initiated two legal proceedings against the British government over its unilateral decision to delay the introduction of controls on goods entering the UK from Northern Ireland.

Iran Press/Europe: The European Union said it will sue the UK government over what it said has been a breach in the Brexit agreement terms related to Northern Ireland.

The EU said Britain violated European Union law with a decision two weeks ago to delay protocol on "the movement of goods and pet travel from Great Britain to Northern Ireland," and violated its "good faith obligation" under the Brexit deal.

In the first step, the European Commission sent a formal declaration to the British government. This letter is the first step in a process called breaking the law.

"The protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland is the only way to protect the Good Friday Agreement and to preserve peace and stability, while avoiding a hard border on the island and maintaining the integrity of the EU single market," European Commission Vice President for Interinstitutional Relations Maros Sefcovic said in a statement. 

As a second step, European Commission Vice President Marus Sefkovich sent a political letter to Brexit Minister of the UK David Frost urging the British government to refrain from extending border controls between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Economic sanctions will be imposed on Britain if the European Court of Justice rules in favor of the European Commission. 219