From 1 October 2023 any claim governed by the Civil Procedure Rules relating to a breach of citizens’ rights under the withdrawal agreements must be notified to the Independent Monitoring Authority.
The authority was set up under the terms of the withdrawal agreements with a duty to investigate breaches of citizens’ rights after Brexit. The authority can investigate complaints, launch inquiries, and take or intervene in legal action.
The new practice direction is “Claims relating to EU and EEA EFTA Citizen’s rights under part 2 of the Withdrawal Agreement and part 2 of the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement”. This requires a party serving a statement of case which raise a citizens’ rights issue to also send a copy of the statement to the authority.
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Notice should be sent either:
(a) by email to email@example.com or
(b) in hard copy to The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements, 3rd Floor, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.
The authority has secured this change to the Civil Procedure Rules in order that it can see the volume and nature of cases brought before the civil courts. It also provides the authority with an opportunity to intervene in a case or take legal action in relation to a particular issue.
The notification requirement does not currently extend to tribunal claims or claims in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The authority is working with these bodies to seek changes to their rules. In the meantime, claimants and legal representatives bringing claims in these venues are encouraged to notify any claims which concern breaches of citizens’ rights under the withdrawal agreements to firstname.lastname@example.org.