'UK wants COMPLETE independence' Ex-Brexit minister's three EU elements UK cannot stay in

The Tory MP for Clwyd West said bashed the European bloc’s customs union, single market and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the politician called for an end to the “supremacy” of the ECJ while highlighting the three elements.

He said: “There are three elements of membership of the EU which we cannot expect to participate in and indeed shouldn’t want to participate in.

“That’s the customs union, the single market and of course the supremacy of the European Court of Justice.

“I think that all of those elements are something that we can’t sign up to fully because clearly if we’re members of the single market we have to have unlimited freedom of movement of labour as we have at the moment.

“If we’re part of the customs union we can’t strike our own free trade agreements and if we remain subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice then of course we’re not a sovereign country because they can even overrule British acts of Parliament.”

Mr Jones said any Brexit deal that would allow the ECJ jurisdiction in the UK would be “unacceptable”.

The Brexiteer argued that while some issues could be sacrificed in negotiations – the issue of parliamentary sovereignty must be absolute.

He said: “Anything that does not give us complete independence from the European Union, I think would be generally unacceptable to the British people.

“I think most importantly the role of the European Court of Justice because that, at the moment, is the supreme legal authority in the European Union.

“It is extremely powerful, it has in the past overturned provisions made by this parliament in acts that we’ve passed.”



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