BRUSSELS will sue Britain for post-Brexit trade violations in a controversy over wind farms, The Sun can reveal.
France and Spain is leading an “enviable” bid from European Commission the chiefs tried to steal thousands of British jobs, by demanding that new wind contracts be opened to businesses on the continent.
Leaders groan that Britain’s wind turbine industry is being favored with contracts worth billions of pounds.
Now, the issue is becoming the first major commercial influence between Britain and Brussels post-Brexit.
Officials are expected to launch a formal dispute to World Trade Organization boss as soon as today.
And they say the scheme also violates the trade agreement the Prime Minister signed last year.
Ministers have attracted a flurry of new wind mills to the UK just last year, with the Government boasting that they are securing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in private investment.
Offshore wind companies must submit plans showing they will ensure more parts are made in the UK by 2030 in a bid to boost British firms.
But the EU argues that this risks breaking World Trade Organization rules.
A Whitehall source told The Sun: “With Britain opening up its offshore windmills and the thousands of jobs they have, it’s no surprise that Brussels is throwing their toys out of trolleys.
“They’re clearly jealous of the progress we’re making.”
Furious Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has put officials on duty against – and has stated that Britain will “deal strictly” with any legal challenge.
Government lawyers are said to have argued that their argument was watertight.
Energy Secretary Greg Hands yesterday said ministers were “increasingly excited about floating offshore wind installations – this is the next big thing”.
“We have installed more offshore wind capacity than any other country in the world,” he told a Bright Blue consultancy.
“As the Prime Minister said, we are the Saudi Arabia of the wind.”
It comes as ministers spend £100m to support a bumper Sizewell C nuclear power plant to help Britain cut down on expensive gas.
Amid high global gas prices, we need to ensure the UK’s future energy supply is supported by affordable, reliable, low-carbon electricity generated in the country.
Ministers want the mega-station in Suffolk to help power six million homes in the future and are raising cash to help the fledgling project attract more investors.
Mr Kwarteng said last night: “Given rising global gas prices, we need to ensure the UK’s future energy supply is supported by affordable, reliable, low-carbon electricity. made in this country.”
A Government spokesman said last night: “We are aware that the EU has concerns with the UK Contracts for Differences Scheme and has previously engaged with them on this matter.
“We wait to see what action they can take, but will oppose any challenge the EU makes against the UK on this issue.
“CfD auctions are an important part of our efforts to reduce renewable energy costs. The application process does not include a requirement for developers to use UK content, like the EU. allegations.
“The fourth round of CfD allocations is expected to secure more renewable energy capacity than the previous three, and we fully expect it to continue uninterrupted regardless.”
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