LONDON Dec 8 Britain said on Thursday it would
respond strongly to the European Union's decision to initiate
legal action against it and six other countries for failing to
police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen
"We are surprised by this extraordinary step by the
Commission as we have had legislation in place since 2009 to
tackle this issue and made this clear to them earlier this
year," a spokesman at the Department for Transport said.
"The UK will be responding in the strongest terms."
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)