Brexit: UK fails to retain voice in European court of justice

Exclusive: Theresa May had wanted to keep a British advocate general in return for ECJ retaining role in UK on citizens’ rights

Theresa May has failed to get the EU to agree that Britain will retain a voice at the European court of justice in return for her concession that the Luxembourg court will retain a role in protecting citizens’ rights in the UK after Brexit.

Downing Street had suggested a British national should remain as one of the 11 advocates general in the Luxembourg court, who present opinions to the judges before their rulings.

The Luxembourg-based court of justice of the European Union is the highest court in Europe. Panels of judges from member states sit to interpret whether EU law is being fairly applied and can issue binding rulings over national courts.

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