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Starmer reveals he’d GIVE AWAY British legal sovereignty to keep UK in EU agencies

BREXIT Britain should remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice to help the UK remain a member of key European agencies, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer suggested.

The shadow Brexit Secretary said the United Kingdom could seek to remain under the ECJ’s jurisdiction in the “longer term” to retain membership of EU-managed agencies.He said “I think the jurisdiction will have to change but to rule it out altogether does mean effectively that it’s very difficult to stay in some important agencies that we are currently part of.

“The Prime Minister simply said ‘I’ll have nothing whatsoever to do with the ECJ in any circumstance’ rather than saying ‘look, the role may have to change. Let’s be grown up and sensible about what it might be.’

“If there are places where the role of the court will make it better or easier for us to have the right relationship in the future, I’d be up to that.”

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Sir Keir suggested remaining under the ECJ after Brexit would help the UK


Sir Keir said Prime Minister Theresa May was hasty to put down a “heavy red line” on the role the ECJ will have in the future of the UK once it leaves the European Union.Speaking to the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he continued: “I have to say one of the mistakes the Prime Minister made last year was to put down such a heavy red line that the European Court of Justice – any court other than our own court – would have nothing whatsoever to do with our future relationship with the EU.

“There’s a basic contradiction in the Prime Minister’s approach: she says on the one hand ‘I want a deep, close, special relationship with the EU’ – and that’s a good thing – but the deeper and closer the relationship, the more likely it is you need shared institutions.”

The UK is currently part of several EU agencies, including the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Agency (EBA).

It comes as Parliament prepares to discuss the long list of amendments proposed to reshape the EU Withdrawal Bill ahead of its passage into law.Sir Keir said the UK will not be able to negotiate a deal with Brussels and will need to establish a temporary deal with the EU to ensure legal and economic continuity for Britain.

But he argued the ECJ would need to maintain jurisdiction in order to do so.

He added: “I think it’s becoming pretty obvious to everybody that the full, or final, agreement with the EU is simply not going to be reached by March 2019. Therefore we need a bridge or transitional arrangement.

“That would be on the same terms as now, meaning the European Court of Justice would continue to have to function.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/878866/Brexit-news-Keir-Starmer-UK-sovereignty-Brussels-European-Union-ema-ecj-video

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Jane Davies
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This man has knelt before the Queen when he was made a Knight and he is now a traitor and if he has an ounce of integrity left the very least he should do is hand back his Knighthood. A traitor and a hypocrite, not so long ago these people lost their heads after a spell in the dungeons of the Tower of London.

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