Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

'It's MY red line' Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts ECJ 'colony' plans for EU nationals after Brexit

The Tory MP lambasted chiefs calling for the ECJ’s jurisdiction after and said unless the UK cut complete ties from the court, it would be like never leaving the Brussels bloc.

Theresa May failed to secure a Brexit agreement on the ECJ on Monday in a second blow to negotiations after the Ireland deal was left in tatters.

Speaking to Nigel Farage on his LBC show, likened a scenario where EU nationals were under EU law to like US forces stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

He said: “My reddist of red lines is alway the European Court of Justice because it seems to me as long as we remain under the European Court of Justice, we haven’t left the European Union.

“The issue of the ECJ having jurisdiction over foreign nationals living in this country would be akin to the arrangements you have in a colony.

“This is what happens with American troops in Okinawa, that they’re subject to US law rather than Japanese law, or were historically.

“That cannot be something that a sovereign nation can accept. 

“The time limit issue may change it, the advisory issue may make it less severe than it currently sounds, but I can’t understand why we think a foreign court should have any say in this country because the opposite won’t apply.”

Mrs May and European Commission President Jean Claude-Junker reached a stalemate after the PM called for a five year limit on how long Brussels judges can rule over European citizens living in the UK.

But Mr Rees-Mogg questioned why Britain should make such an offer when UK citizens would not receive the same.

He said: “British citizens’ rights in EU member states will not be protected by the British court for a five year period, so why should we accept it in return?”

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