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EU Law and The ECJ – What Should their Role post Brexit be?

  • By Politeia
  • October 17, 2018
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EU Law and The ECJ – What Should their Role post Brexit be?*

As the UK’s Brexit negotiations enter their final stage, the government has made it clear that the UK will not only leave the EU, but that its Courts will be sovereign. Nonetheless concerns have been raised about whether the European Court of Justice and its approach to law is consistent with the sovereignty of the UK and its courts. At Politeia’s next event, speakers will include:
  • Sir Christopher Chope MP, Committee on Exiting the European Union and Home Affairs Select Committee.
  • Dr Gunnar Beck, author of The EU and European Court of Justice – Its Judicial Role and Approach to Law (forthcoming).
  • Thomas Sharpe QC, a barrister at One Essex Court, specialising in all aspects of EU, Competition Law, WTO trade disputes, UK Regulatory proceedings and investigations and commercial judicial review. He appears in the European Courts, the CMA, CAT, and UK High Court.

They will consider the wider picture and such questions as:

  • Does the ECJ approach differ to that followed by the UK Courts or the Common Law? What implications does it have for the treatment of EU law and EU treaties?  Can the sovereignty of individual states and their courts be reconciled with the role of the ECJ?
  • How are relations between the UK and ECJ set to change after Brexit if (a) the electorate’s aims are met and (b) current UK proposals are agreed? And what would the implications be for relations between the ECJ and UK courts?
  • How should potential disputes be reconciled?
  • What role, if any, should EU law have in the UK post Brexit?
The event will take place on the 21st November 2018. It will be between 7.30pm-8.30pm, preceded by a drinks reception for guests attending from 7.00pm. If you would like to attend, please write to with your name, position and organisation, and we shall put you on the list. If you would like to bring a guest, please let us have the name and contact details.

*Project is part of the Politeia-Federalist Society series.