Sir Iain Duncan Smith seeks assurances on ECJ on UK state aid provision

27th February 2020

Following the Government statement on the UK’s approach to our future relationship with the European Union, Sir Iain Duncan Smith seeks assurances that the UK will not accept European Court of Justice jurisdiction in relation to state aid provision.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP speaking in the House of Commons, Feb 2020, EU Relationship

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his clear statement, and on his view that since the standards we set are higher than those in the EU, he will therefore not be demanding that the EU aligns with our standards as we go forward. That is refreshing. The settlement on Northern Ireland in the withdrawal agreement included provision on state aid, and since then, the EU has interpreted that as bringing the whole UK under state aid provisions. Will he confirm that in any future agreement with the EU, we will not accept that the UK leaves itself under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice when it comes to state aid provision?

My right hon. Friend makes an important point. Of course we must respect the integrity of that protocol, but it is not the case that the CJEU should be governing the application of state aid in the way that some have envisaged, which would be quite wrong.



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