THE EUROPEAN Commission is threatening legal action against the British government, claiming that it has failed to write the updated EU drinking water directive into UK national legislation. If Whitehall does not persuade the Commission within two months that it has satisfactory plans to implement its rules, it could face a case at the European Court of Justice.

Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption reformed EU laws passed in 1980, taking account of technical progress, tightening some of its ...

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