FORMER Brexit minister David Jones said that any Brexit deal that would allow the European Court of Justice jurisdiction in the UK would be “unacceptable” The MP for Clwyd
West and prominent Brexiteer told the Express.co.uk that while some issues could be sacrificed in negotiations – the issue of parliamentary sovereignty must be absolute.Mr
Jones said: “Anything that does not give us complete independence from the European Union, I think would be generally unacceptable to the British people.”I think most
importantly the role of the European Court of Justice because that, at the moment, is the supreme legal authority in the European Union.”It is extremely powerful, it has in the past
overturned provisions made by this parliament in acts that we’ve passed.” EU negotiating guidelines state that Brussels wants the Luxembourg-based court to retain jurisdiction
after on British shores after Brexit.The EU’s official negotiation position document states: “The Commission should have full powers for the monitoring and the Court of Justice of the European Union should have full jurisdiction corresponding to the duration of the protection of citizen’s rights in the withdrawal agreement.”But Mr Jones, who used to sit at the heart of the UK’s Brexit department, until he was reshuffled a matter of weeks before negotiations began said this would not fulfil the wish of the people.He said: “I think that anything that undermines the concept of parliamentary sovereignty, which is what we voted for last year to restore, would not be acceptable. “Short of that then clearly there will have to be discussions, negotiations there will have to give and take.”But I think anything that left us in a position that was short of full independence would be something that would not be acceptable either to parliament or to the British people.There have been some signs that some in the EU do not consider the issue a red-line, which may be an opportunity to end the court’s role in Britain. Chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt raised the prospect of a transnational body that would rule on legal issues, made up of representatives from the UK and EU courts.He said: “What we want is to be protected in an international agreement between the European Union on the one hand and the UK authorities on the other hand.“The reason why we want an international agreement is then automatically you will have an oversight by the British authorities on the one hand but also the European authorities at the other hand because an international agreement will be scrutinised and will be controlled by both sides because there are two parties in it.”However, Number 10 has raised hackles when they admitted some ECJ jurisdiction could continue if the UK agrees to a transitional deal. .