UK Will Not Be Under ECJ Direct Jurisdiction Post-Brexit

Post-Brexit the United Kingdom will not come under the direct jurisdiction of Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ), reveals a government policy paper.

However, critics still believe the word “direct” may mean ECJ might play a role even after the separation of Britain from European Union (EU).

Labour MP Chuka Umunna said, “Nothing the government says it wants to deliver from Brexit… can be achieved without a dispute resolution system involving some role for European judges.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier vowed to separate the country from ECJ’s jurisdiction too after Brexit, but the big questions lies about how future agreements between the entity will be enforced.

She said UK will be fully independent and sovereign country after Brexit.

The government policy paper is yet to be released as MPs argue there might be other ways of resolving disputes too without the ECJ, which is currently in charge of ensuring the member states to abide by the European Union law.

The ECJ settles disputes between member states and EU institutions. Its rulings are binding.

Currently 3.2 million EU citizens live in Britain and any decision will affect them. They are currently among the thorny issues, which need to be resolved first while the talks are in progress.

Presently about 1.2 million Britons live in different EU countries and the European Court of Juctice said they should continue enjoying the same rights.

Meanwhile, amid the Brexit process the hike in food prices was seen to be the highest in recent months compared to all the ups in past more than three years. The retailers are blaming Brexit as the main cause.