BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The fallout from Brexit is beginning to come earlier than the European Union’s prime judges, in circumstances whose selection the pinnacle of the EU Court of Justice stated defied the creativeness.
“There are already Brexit cases pending,” ECJ President Koen Lenaerts informed a news conference. They vary from trademark circumstances to the extradition of a felony, he stated, added: “fact is stranger than fiction.”
Lenaerts famous that he has been predicting a wide range of Brexit circumstances since Britain voted in 2016 to go away.
Some folks campaigning to cease Britain’s exit subsequent March have tried to deliver nationwide circumstances that oblige the Luxembourg-based ECJ to interpret the hitherto unused Article 50 of the EU treaty in a approach that may problem the British government’s view that the article means Brexit can’t be stopped.
No court docket has to date referred such a case to the EU judges. But Lenaerts talked about at the very least two Brexit-related circumstances earlier than them.
In one, a Spanish court docket requested whether or not an EU trademark could possibly be enforced after March 2019 if it was based mostly on British trademark safety. In the second, an Irish court docket puzzled whether or not it might ship a felony to Britain to serve a sentence that may lengthen past Brexit.
A 3rd case, extra immediately associated to complaints by Brexit opponents, considerations British residents in The Netherlands, who requested a Dutch court docket to guarantee them of residence rights after Britain left the EU. Lenaerts stated the Dutch court docket agreed to hunt ECJ enter however was holding off pending an area attraction.
Lenaerts acknowledged that any ECJ choice which overturned British parliamentary laws could be significantly controversial, as a result of Britain, unusually in Europe, has little nationwide custom of courts ruling legal guidelines unconstitutional.
But he additionally famous that Britain had been a full participant within the EU authorized system and remained so. It was nonetheless bringing new requests for rulings on EU regulation, he stated, “as if before it’s too late”.
He additionally accused Brexit Secretary David Davis, a campaigner towards EU membership, of double requirements as a result of as a backbench lawmaker he had sponsored an attraction to the ECJ in 2016 to oppose his personal government’s coverage on knowledge safety.
Further illustrating the variety of points raised by Brexit that’s difficult the EU’s authorized equipment, the pinnacle of the EU’s decrease General Court stated his tribunal was reviewing a request by a gaggle of individuals asking for EU leaders’ choice to launch Brexit negotiations to be annulled.
And, added General Court President Marc Jaeger, the EU Intellectual Property Office was taking a look at a request from one enterprising business to trademark the model “Brexit”.
Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr; enhancing by Larry King