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Starmer sees role for European Court on trade issues

Labour could accept the European Court of Justice as an arbitrator in trade disputes after Brexit, but would refuse demands for it to be a final guarantor of European Union citizens’ rights, says the party’s Brexit shadow minister.

In an interview published by The Independent on 4 June, Keir Starmer was asked to clarify Labour’s stance towards the ECJ as guarantor for EU citizens’ rights in the UK after Brexit.

He said: “I can’t see how that would work. As a fundamental principle I can’t agree a two-tier system for access to any court, whether it’s the ECJ or any court. In our system of law, where there is a court people have equal access to it.

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