The ECJ is there to interpret EU law, not make laws

A ruling today by the European Court of Justice has been highlighted by an MEP as another reason why Brexit should go ahead.

The ECJ has announced that the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU member states and without altering the terms of Britain’s membership.

“Basically the ECJ has just written a new law. When courts write laws, there isn’t even a veneer of democratic scrutiny,” said Jonathan Arnott, Independent MEP for the North East.

“The ECJ is there to interpret EU law, not make laws. I think this new direction is extremely worrying and it should not be allowed to go unnoticed particularly as it is a major issue.

“But even aside from that, democracy within the EU is not as we know it in this country. Most people here don’t realise that EU laws are proposed by an unelected Commission and rubber stamped by the elected Parliament.

“Bureaucracy rules over there and it is one of the reasons why 17.4 million people in the UK voted to leave. Today’s ECJ ruling is another reason why we must leave and regain our independence,” he said.