May rules out ECJ jurisdiction despite reports UK officials already conceded to Brussels

Theresa May has ruled out reports that the European Court of Justice will have jurisdiction over the UK in disputes about the Brexit negotiations.

Responding to a question from Jacob Rees-Mogg at PMQs, May was asked whether she would “authoritatively deny” the idea that the ECJ would be the final arbiter in cases arising from Brexit. She said: “I haven’t seen those particular reports, but if they are as he has suggested then they are wrong.

“We have been very clear in the work that we have been doing about ensuring that in the future the European Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction in the UK.”

However reports suggest otherwise, The Sun claims UK officials have already given in to EU demands that Brexit disputes including over the £39bn pay would be overlooked by the ECJ.

The same paper claims the draft Withdrawal Agreement states: “The ECJ shall have jurisdiction over such cases and its rulings shall be binding on the Union and the UK.”

May claims these reports are “wrong”, let’s see when the Withdrawal Agreement is published…