The European Court ruling does not change anything, says former minister

The European Court ruling does not change anything, says former minister

Monday, December 10, 2018

Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland Secretary has said that the European Court ruling that the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit, does not change anything.

The European Court of Justice found that if the UK does decide to revoke Article 50 and stop the Brexit process it would remain in the EU as a member state and the revocation must be decided following "democratic process".

Hosting her talkRADIO show, Julia Hartley-Brewer asked if the ECJ ruling changed anything.

Villiers said: “I doesn’t. I believe we should respect the result of the referendum. More people voted Leave than voted for anything else in British democracy.

“That is an instruction to Parliament and we should obey it.”


'Seriously defective' 

Ms Villiers added that Theresa May’s deal “does not respect the Leave vote”.

“For me, the crucial issue for the next two days is the agreement that is being voted on in Parliament and why it is seriously defective,” she said.

“It is not in the national interest, it does not respect the Leave vote and it would leave us locked into a backstop arrangement with no exit - and no vote over the customs rules to which we would be subject.”

Villiers added: “If the Government would be able to secure significant changes to the text of the Withdrawal Agreement - that might get support in Parliament. Particularly if it made payment of the £39bn conditional on an economic partnership.

“And, if it stripped out all of the role of the European Court of Justice and took out the backstop arrangement altogether. Then it might attract much more support from MPs.”