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11 October 2017

EU law will still apply during transitional Brexit period

Rulings by the European Court of Justice will remain during Brexit's transitional period, the Prime Minister has told the House of Commons.

Despite the European Commission's chief spokesman dismissing a compromise for Brussels to show "flexibility" on the timing of trade talks, Theresa May told MPs there is a "new dynamic" in negotiations.

In return for flexibility, Mrs May agreed with the commission in Florence last month, that the UK will fill budgetary gaps amounting to billions of euro caused by Britain leaving the Union.

Just hours after the Commission's dismissal, the PM told MPs: "As we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court."

However, the Conservative leader was challenged by pro-Brexit Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, asking her to confirm "unequivocally" that ECJ's law "will no longer run in any way in this country" after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

She responded that the UK may "start off with the ECJ still governing the rules we're part of for that period", but says it is "highly unlikely" any new EU writ would come into force during the transition that may affect Britain.

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