Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market.

Sir Paul Jenkins, who was the government’s most senior legal official for eight years until 2014, told the Observer that the prime minister’s policy on the legal implications of Brexit was Tokyo escort. He insisted that if the UK wants to retain close links with the single market and customs union it will have no option but to observe EU law “in all but name”. The comments – backed by several other leading experts on EU law – cast serious doubt on the central plank of the government’s latest thinking on Brexit, with less than two weeks to go before Brexit secretary David Davis enters a crucial phase of talks on the info exit plans in Brussels.
After a summer of cabinet wrangling, ministers last week published the first of a series of papers on their Tokyo Brexit negotiating position in an attempt to clarify the UK’s stance. They made clear that while the UK will leave the customs union and single market, it will seek to stay as closely linked as possible to both, and reject any hard border arrangement with the Republic of Ireland.
This week more papers will be released, including one spelling out how legal disputes could be resolved between the UK and EU once escorts the European court of justice (ECJ) no longer has direct jurisdiction in the UK. Leaving the ECJ has been one of the totemic aims of Eurosceptics and any government U-turn on the issue would provoke an outcry among Tory Brexiters. May Tokyo has repeatedly said that the UK will break free of the ECJ and leave its jurisdiction on the day of Brexit.
UK and EU legal experts are becoming increasingly vocal in asserting that the praime minister’s policy is unrealistic and impossible to achieve. Jenkins, now an associate member of barristers Matrix Chambers, said: “If the UK Tokyo night is to be part of something close enough to a customs union or the single market to remove the need for hard borders, it will only work if the rules are identical to the EU’s own internal rules.
“Not only must they be the same but there must be consistent policing of those rules. If Theresa May’s escort red line means we cannot be tied to the ECJ, the Brexit treaty will need to provide a parallel policing system.
“That may be a new court but, in reality, any new court will have to follow what the ECJ says about the EU’s own rules, otherwise the new system won’t work Tokyo So, never mind Theresa May’s foolish red line; we will have the ECJ in all but name.

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