May’s slogans can't facade EU justice climbdown

The Government’s Brexit blueprints are like buses. You wait ages for one and then several come along at once.

The latest, on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and UK law post-Brexit, was the third this week and one of 10 approaching in the next few weeks.

And it has stirred accusations of a climbdown since it talks about ending the “direct jurisdiction” of the court when Britain leaves the EU.

That suggests ECJ rulings could still request to the UK for some years to come and positively during the transition duration immediately after Brexit.

It’s also very opposite from what the Prime Minister pronounced in her Lancaster House debate in Jan and at the Tory discussion last October.

At Lancaster House she talked about UK laws being interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg, but in courts opposite the country.

Theresa May

Lancaster House Speech: We will take back control of the laws

And she announced boldly: “We will not have truly left the EU if we are not in control of the own laws.”

At the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham the PM pronounced the UK was not leaving the EU only to return to the office of ECJ. “That’s not going to happen,” she said.

So what has changed and why? It looks like the Government is now peaceful to concede in Brexit negotiations, presumably in return for absolved opening to the singular market.

Not that the Prime Minister was speaking the denunciation of concede when she spoke about the ECJ plans at the Dennis train bureau in Guildford.

“What is positively clear, when we leave the EU we will be leaving the office of the ECJ,” she said.

The opening of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg

PM: Jurisdiction of EU justice will finish with Brexit

“What will we be means to do is to make the own laws, Parliament will make the laws, British judges will appreciate those laws and it will be the British Supreme Court will be the ultimate judge of those laws.

“We will take back control of the laws.”

Ah, take back control! Remember that aphorism used by the Leave campaign in the EU referendum? Mrs May upheld Remain back then, despite not very actively, and now she’s using Leave’s slogan.

But while her sloganising has gratified even the many hardline Brexiteers, like Bernard Jenkin and John Redwood, it hasn’t fooled Remainers and opponents of a supposed tough Brexit.

The intensely brainy Labour counterpart Lord Adonis put it rather good when he said: “This is a climbdown camouflaged in jingoistic rhetoric.”

Dominic Raab MP articulate in Millbank studio.

Raab: No climbdown over Brexit law

Unfortunately for the sloganising PM, the youth apportion and distinguished Leave supporter Dominic Raab gave the diversion divided when he attempted to explain the Government’s ECJ policy paper.

“When we leave the EU, we’re holding back control over the laws,” he said, trotting out the aphorism again.

“There will be dissimilarity between the case law of the EU and the UK.

“It is precisely since there will be that dissimilarity as we take back control that it creates clarity for the UK to keep half an eye on the case law of the EU, and for the EU to keep half an eye on the case law for the UK.”

Half an eye? Does that meant a curtsy and a blink to the European Court of Justice? It sounds like it.

Opposition politicians like Sir Vince Cable and Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer explain the PM has achieved a u-turn by abandoning her Lancaster House “red line” on the European Court of Justice.

But we all know how formidable it is to govern a u-turn in a double decker bus.

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