James Forsyth James Forsyth

The unwelcome distraction waiting for the PM in Salzburg

Theresa May heads to Salzburg tomorrow to try and persuade the leaders of the EU27 of the merits of her Brexit plan. But there’ll be an unwelcome distraction for her in the morning. I understand that the European Commission will issue a reasoned opinion in the Olaf case, where the Commission accuses the UK of failing to prevent customs fraud on shoes and textiles imported from China and is demanding over two billion euros in lost revenue.

The UK continues to contest this case, and I understand it has asked the Commission for more information on various points.

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