Britain is planning to escape the direct jurisdiction of the EU court of justice, the government's latest Brexit proposals say. But using the word ''direct'' has drawn accusations the court would still have some influence, going against one of Brexiteers' main demands. Lucy Fielder reports.
Britain plans to escape the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit. The use of the word "direct" in Wednesday's (August 24) proposals from the UK government drawing accusations it has changed tack. Watering down its main aim of "taking back control" of British laws by accepting the EU court would still have some influence. Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the European court has sucked power from Britain's courts and parliament. Britain's pro-Brexit justice minister, Dominic Raab, saying Britain and the EU might appoint arbiters or a third party to deal with bones of contention. The dispute on the role of the European court, or ECJ, has held up progress in Brexit talks on other crucial issues, such as guaranteeing the rights of expatriates after Britain leaves in two years' time.