European Court of Justice not necessary or appropriate, says UK

Mairéad Mc Guinness said Ireland's relationship with the UK will be radically changed by Brexit

In a visit to Guildford, Mrs May denied this, saying it was clear Britain would be "leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice" after Brexit occurred.

Speaking ahead of the document's publication, a UK Government spokesman said: "We have always been clear that in leaving the EU we will bring an end to the direct jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the UK".

The Government is vowing to end the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom as it sets out its keenly awaited plans for Britain to take back control of its laws after Brexit.

It also reiterates that as a non-EU country the United Kingdom will be outside of the "direct jurisdiction" of the ECJ, but that the court must remain the "ultimate arbiter of European Union law within the EU".

The ECJ is disliked by many pro-Brexit MPs who say it has sucked power from British courts and Parliament. Britain has published a number of papers this month to try to nudge negotiations with the European Union on Brexit forward, tackling subjects such as laws, customs and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

However the paper written by the government's Department for Exiting the European Union has left some Brexiteers anxious that the United Kingdom will still be bound under ECJ jurisdiction for years after Brexit.

David Davis will tomorrow move to reassure fellow Brexiteers that Britain has no intention of submitting to the rule of the European courts, as the Government releases plans for an alternative system to police the country's future relationship with the EU. This policy, which was always unworkable for a country which has the EU as its largest single market, has now been significantly watered down, with May now insisting only that there will no longer be "direct" jurisdiction from the European Court of Justice.

As Brexit supporters alleged May was abandoning the hardline position she set out in last year's Conservative Party conference speech and at Lancaster House in January, justice minister Dominic Raab conceded London would have to keep "half an eye" on ECJ rulings in the post-Brexit situation.

However the paper details have been seen by some as somewhat of a backtrack for the government. "We can not have a court of one country policing the decisions of another country". "Ending the direct jurisdiction of the CJEU in the United Kingdom will not weaken the rights of individuals, nor call into question the UK's commitment to complying with its obligations under worldwide agreements".

It said that legal disputes involving individuals and businesses should in future be decided within the United Kingdom judicial system, with the Supreme Court as the final arbiter.

- A number of worldwide deals which allow parties to seek compensation, suspend all or part of an agreement, retaliate or take measures to protect their own interests if one party violates the terms or a dispute settlement.

The UK government said its paper on Wednesday would offer maximum certainty to businesses and individuals.



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