Justice minister Dominic Raab rubbishes "climbdown" claims as Theresa May insists Brexit means no ECJ jurisdiction

 
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Raab: "The likely outcome, is we'll need some form of arbitration." (Source: Getty)

Theresa May has insisted the UK will leave the ECJ's jurisdiction after Brexit, amid accusations of a "climbdown" over the government's position.

The Prime Minister this morning told Sky News: "When we leave the European U, we will be leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

"What we will be able to do is 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 who will be the ultimate arbiter of those laws. We will take back control of our laws."

Earlier this morning justice minister Dominic Raab rubbished claims that the government was watering down its stance on the European Court of Justice by only calling for an end to "direct" jurisdiction

Today the Department for Exiting the EU (DexEU) will reveal what it seeks regarding the UK's future relationship with the ECJ in another position paper. It is expected to call for an end to direct jurisdiction, but will acknowledge some form of relationship will still be necessary after the UK leaves the European Union.

Yesterday pro-Remain group Open Britain slammed the position as a government "climbdown".

But this morning Raab insisted the government was on track with its promises.

He told the BBC: "We're leaving the EU and that will mean leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

"The likely outcome, is we'll need some form of arbitration." This is where disputes are settled by a neutral, mutually agreed, third party.

This was different to the UK accepting the jurisdiction of ECJ which would be "lopsided and partisan and that's not on the cards"," Raab added.

When asked about the inclusion of the word "direct" - and whether this means the UK would still accept some jurisdiction of the ECJ - he said the UK will keep "half an eye on EU law", as the EU will do on the UK."

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