He said any deal could only be worked out once Britain has settled its withdrawal debt
Chief negotiator for the European parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has indicated that the UK will not be able to extricate itself from the ECJ when it exits the EU in 2019.
If prime minister Theresa May sticks to her timetable, she should be triggering Article 50 in just a few weeks time, with the exit date set for 2019.
But a transitional deal is widely expected to be put in place to ease the UK out of the bloc, but Brussels has warned this may not necessarily include the ECJ.
Mr Verhofstadt confirmed Europe would actively block Britain renouncing the jurisdiction of the ECJ judges in 2019.
He said any deal could only be worked out once Britain has settled its withdrawal debt, widely anticipated to be in the region of £49bn (€57bn).
And when pushed over whether the UK would remain bound by the ECJ, the former Belgian prime minister said: “The starting point from the European side will be yes.”
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