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Theresa May was 'forced to dump Brexit deal over European Court demands'

Theresa May was 'forced to dump Brexit deal over European Court demands'

Liz Bates

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Theresa May failed to strike a deal with Brussels over a major disagreement on the role of EU judges as well as the Northern Irish border.

According to The Sun, the Prime Minister wanted the European Court of Justice to oversee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK for less than five years after Brexit.

Her proposal was a compromise which also sought to satisfy Brexit supporters back home who want an end to the rule of EU courts over UK law.

The measures would only apply to EU citizens who are in the UK after the Brexit date.

Crunch Brexit negotiations ended in frustration yesterday, amid reports that DUP leader Arlene Foster vetoed Mrs May’s plan for a deal on the Irish border.

However, a British source said: “It wasn’t just the row over the Irish border, Theresa also put her foot down on the ECJ.

“We are prepared to accept a remit for the court for what would only and up being a few small number of cases, but it cannot last forever.”

Diplomatic sources added that they were confident she can win the fight when she returns for further negotiations in Brussels later this week.

Mrs May said yesterday: "We’ve been negotiating hard and a lot of progress has been made and on many of the issues there is a common understanding and it's clear, crucially, that we want to move forward together.

"But on a couple of issues some differences do remain which require further negotiation and consultation, and those will continue but we will reconvene before the end of the week and I’m also confident that we will conclude this positively."

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