Theresa May faces pressure to drop hard Brexit red-line on Euro judges for easier deal with EU – The Sun
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Theresa May faces pressure to drop hard Brexit red-line on Euro judges for easier deal with EU
THERESA MAY was under huge pressure last night to drop her hard Brexit red-line on Euro judges to crack an easier deal with the EU.
Cabinet Minister Damian Green for the first time admitted Britain could remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice beyond 2019 as part of a transitional deal.
Theresa May is under pressure to drop her hard Brexit red-line on Euro judges
And Leave and Remain campaigners issued angry demands for the PM to tear up a promise to pull out of the EU’s Euratom nuclear agency.
Mrs May has previously insisted Brexit Britain would have to leave the agency – which governs the movement of nuclear materials across Europe – because it would mean remaining under the oversight of the ECJ.
Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave campaign chief, branded the position “moronic” yesterday in a bitter attack on the PM.
Taking to Twitter he stormed: “Tory Party keeps making huge misjudgements about what the Referendum was about.
“Euratom was different treaties, ECJ role no significant problem.”
Europhile former Tory Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at the weekend urged the PM to think again saying that being part of Euratom was vital to protecting the UK’s nuclear power industry.
The Prime Minister now faces further pressure to scrap her promise to leave the EU’s Euratom nuclear agency
Dr Nicola Strickland, president of the Royal College of Radiologists, yesterday said she even feared it could affect cancer patients by threatening the supply of radioactive isotopes, used in scans and treatment.
Speaking in the Commons, the PM insisted the membership of Euratom was “inextricably linked” to membership of the EU.
She insisted the UK was seeking to maintain the close relationship and cooperation with the agency – as Switzerland is currently able to outside the bloc.
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Just hours earlier Damian Green indicated for the first time the government may wobble on the ECJ when it comes to a transitional or bridging deal between Brexit in 2019 and implementing a new free trade arrangement.
He insisted that people voted to be free of the Court’s influence when they backed Brexit.
But he said: “If there needs to be some kind of implementation period, or transition period then the rules that operate during that transition period will by definition not be the rules that we have afterwards.”
Cabinet Minister Damian Green claims it may not be possible for Britain to be free of the ECJ influence by 2019
On Sunday former attorney general Dominic Grieve insisted the PM should have an open mind on the issue of the ECJ.
He said: “We have to be realistic. Some of the attitudes to the ECJ seem to be a bit knee-jerk. It has pariah status.”
He added: “I’ve never been particularly impressed with it, but the fact is it is there and it’s going to be doing a lot of work that is relevant to us.”