14 February 2017
London
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Anti-EU MP against UPC ratification


A UK Independence Party member of parliament (MP) has tabled a motion against ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.

Douglas Carswell, the anti-EU party’s sole MP, put forward the early day motion on 9 February. It reads: “[The] Protocol, done at Brussels on 14 December 2016, on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court , a copy of which was laid before this House on 20 January 2017, should not be ratified”.

So far, the motion only has the support of Carswell himself and there is no requirement for the government to respond.

This comes soon after the UK government suggested that it would accept the supremacy of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in matters of the UPC, in its long awaited Brexit whitepaper.

Section 2.3 of the whitepaper said that the UK government will “bring an end to the jurisdiction of the CJEU in the UK”.

But it added that the UK will “continue to honour [its] international commitments and follow international law”.

The UK plans to formally announce its intention to leave the EU in March. Negotiations on the manner of its exit must be completed within two years.

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