Adonis – Government’s ECJ position is ‘a climbdown camouflaged in jingoistic rhetoric’

Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s Brexit position paper on ‘Enforcement and dispute resolution’, Lord Andrew Adonis, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“Not much is left of David Davis's so-called ‘red line’ of taking back control from European judges.

“This paper is frustratingly vague, to the point that it barely counts as a negotiating position. In almost every example the Government gives – from the EFTA Court, to the EEA Agreement to the EU-Moldova deal – the ECJ has substantial direct or indirect power over the proposed new relationship between Britain and the EU. And they have confirmed that every past judgement of the ECJ will stand after we leave. 

“This is a climbdown camouflaged in jingoistic rhetoric. Even if we leave the Single Market, European judges will still have considerable power over decisions made in the UK.

“It would make far more sense for the Government to negotiate continued membership of the Customs Union and Single Market. Otherwise, we get the worst of all worlds – a worse deal on trade and jobs than now, yet no extra control over anything for real.”.