EU 'demanding European judges have say on post-Brexit agreement' with UK

European Union flags flap in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, the first nation in the bloc to do so. It then enters an 11-month transition period in which Britain will continue to follow the bloc's rules while the two sides work out new deals on trade, security and other areas., 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
The EU headquarters in Brussels pictured on Monday (AP/Virginia Mayo)

The EU is reportedly demanding its judges are given the power to rule on any post-Brexit agreement with the UK.

After Brexit happens at 11pm on Friday, the UK is set to enter a “transition period” in which the government will thrash out its future relationship with the bloc, including a trade deal.

But The Times reported an internal Brussels document as saying the EU will insist that the European Court of Justice is able to enforce the terms of a trade, fishing and security deal.

A document seen by the paper reportedly states that having a defined role for the Luxembourg court, which adjudicates on EU laws, would “ensure consistent interpretation of the agreement” between the UK and EU.

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It would be a direct contradiction to the 2016 referendum Vote Leave mantra of “taking back control” and, with just days until the UK’s scheduled departure, is a sign of just how difficult the transition period talks will be.

Boris Johnson has insisted the transition period will end on December 31, whether or not the two sides agree a deal.

It comes as Europe minister Christopher Pincher represented the government at the last scheduled ministerial meeting during the UK’s membership of the EU in Brussels.

Mr Pincher, attending the general affairs council, said: “I’m here to reassert to my EU friends and colleagues that, though we are leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe.

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“Our shared history, our shared values, our commitment to security and prosperity continue as equals – sovereign equals.”

Mr Pincher said he would deliver the message that “as we leave the EU we will always be allies, partners and friends”.

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