By Christian Smith
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May has insisted that the UK will leave the European Court of Justice after Brexit.
Mrs May who vowed to “take back control of our laws,” argued that “when we leave the European Union we will be leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.”
During a speech at Guilford, the PM said: “What we will be able to do is to make our own laws. Parliament will make our laws.”
“It is British judges who will interpret those laws and it will be the British Supreme Court that will be the arbiter of those laws. We will take back control of our laws,” she went on to say as critics lambastes new agreements drawn up with the EU.
Today, the Government published a legal paper insisting that the ECJ will not have a direct influence over the UK, when the country leaves the European Union.
The document titled Enforcement and dispute resolution – A FUTURE PARTNERSHIP PAPER, states that “in leaving the European Union, we will bring about an end to the direct jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, CJEU.”
The government paper stressed that the “UK and the EU need therefore to agree on how both the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, and our new deep and special partnership, can be monitored and implemented to the satisfaction of both sides, and how any disputes which arise can be resolved.”
Government ministers admitted in the new blue print that the UK will remain subject to ECJ laws for years during a transition period.
The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, who is on a visit to the Western Isles, accused the Prime Minster of backtracking.
Mrs May, who previously stated at the Tory Conference that the ECJ’s jurisdiction over Britain would end after leaving the European Union, has been criticised by many others.
Her critics say if the government wants to keep the “new deep and special partnership,” the ECJ based in Luxembourg, will still have an influence over UK affairs.
The role of the court, the EU highest legal authority, includes allowing members state to challenge EU legislation if they think it breaks the rules.
It also interprets EU laws at the request of national court, which makes it critical in the Brexit process.