The European Union launched legal action against the UK government as Boris Johnson has failed to nominate a new EU commissioner to send to Brussels - a condition included in the extension of article 50 issued last month.
In a statement the European Commission said it had issued “a formal letter of notice” to the British government ”for breaching its EU treaty obligations” and would be starting infringement proceedings.
Caroline Voaden MEP, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, said:
"A UK commissioner would ensure we are treated as equal partners as an EU member state and fully represented in Ursula von der Leyen’s new commission."
"Boris Johnson should urgently consult with other parties and propose a candidate capable of furthering the interests of the EU as a whole."