The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has hinted that any agreement on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons living on the continent, would be under rulings of the ECJ.
She said: “The European Parliament has threatened to veto any Brexit deal if the UK does not guarantee the rights under the European Court of Justice jurisdiction, and they have to be guaranteed forever according to the leaked document.
“But we are leaving the EU, so why would you put that in your negotiating opening gambit?”
Jo Coburn fumed at the Italian MEP insisting the UK voted to Leave the EU
Italian MEP Roberto Gualtieri claimed the withdrawal agreement would have to be under the rulings of the ECJ.
He said: “I think we should clarify between the withdrawal agreement and possible transitional arrangements and the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
“We are now talking about the withdrawal agreement, which will have to settle some element of the divorce, and of course for some of those elements, it’s obvious for us that the European Court of Justice should be in charge to monitor the correct implementation of this agreement.”
Ee are leaving the EU, so why would you put that in your negotiating opening gambit?
Ms Coburn snapped back at the MEP, referencing a leaked document which suggested the UK could be under the rulings of the ECJ for many years to come.
She fumed: “Right, but actually in the leaked document, it does actually say that the rights of EU nationals in the UK, if there was a dispute in the future under whatever Brexit deal is agreed, that dispute would be brokered by the European Court of Justice.
“Which implies it would continue to be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice way into the future.”
The Italian MEP finished by reiterating the policy of the European Union was to protect the rights of EU citizens living in Britain and Britons on the continent.
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Mr Gualtieri said: “The guidelines clarify that the European Court of Justice should have a fundamental role.
“One point has to be made clear. We want to guarantee all the rights for the citizens… this right should be fully enjoyable as they are now.
“This is the most important element and of course we have to guarantee also the correct implementation of those rights will continue to be according to our rules.”