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Brexit: London Rejects the Jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice

The British government said on Tuesday 22nd August that the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice would not be recognized in the UK once the country’s exit from the European Union under Brexit

The British government said on Tuesday that it would not recognize the direct jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, a point of contention with the EU that wants to protect its nationals.

Brussels wants the highest European court to remain competent even after the UK leaves the EU, scheduled for March 2019. The EU wants to continue to refer to the European Court of Justice in case of disputes, in particular in respect for the rights of its nationals living in the UK, which are currently more than three million.

But London formally objects. The British government will on Wednesday present more detailed proposals on the subject before the third round of talks in Brussels next week.

“It is not necessary or appropriate for the European Court of Justice or directly responsible for a non-member state” , said the Ministry of Brexit. In London, there are other ways to “resolve disputes in international agreements, without the direct jurisdiction of the European Court” .

For opponents of Brexit, this position of the Government, focused on the direct jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice could correspond to a “retreat” on his part.



The supporters of Brexit campaigned last year on the theme of the end of the jurisdiction of the European Court in the UK, as well as a reduction in immigration would be permitted by recovering control of the borders.

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