Bryant – Government must address role of the ECJ in confidentiality of EU documents

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Brexit position paper on ‘Confidentiality and access to documents’, Chris Bryant MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Continuing to respect the confidentiality of EU and UK documents related to our time as a member is common sense, and the Government is right to seek an agreement that lives up to our obligations and maintains confidentiality in the future. 

“However, significant questions remain about how any deal on confidential information can be squared with the Government’s red line on taking Britain out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, given that EU documents are governed by EU regulations enforced by the ECJ.

“Ministers must provide far more detail on this issue, without which their proposals cannot work.”