December 18, 2019 / 12:36 PM / a month ago

Lesser UK courts will be able to overturn ECJ rulings after Brexit: PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament, London, Britain December 16, 2019. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Legislation to enact British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal to leave the European Union will include the provision for courts lower than the Supreme Court to overturn rulings made by the European Court of Justice, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Johnson, who won a commanding majority at last week’s election, plans to introduce the so-called Withdrawal Agreement Bill into parliament on Friday to honor his election pledge to leave the EU by Jan. 31.

“The bill will ensure that the Supreme Court is not the only institution able to consider retained European Court of Justice rulings,” Johnson’s spokesman said.

“This is an important change which will ensure that we do not face a legal bottleneck and inadvertently stay bound by EU rulings for many years. We will take back control of our laws and disentangle ourselves from the EU’s legal order.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Elizabeth Piper

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