Theresa May's 'absolutist' approach to Brexit leaves UK negotiator "hamstrung", says ex-adviser

London: British prime minister Theresa May is making Brexit minister David Davis's job of delivering Brexit harder because of her "absolutist" approach, according to his chief of staff who resigned in June.

James Chapman told the BBC that May's insistence that the European Court of Justice must not have any oversight once Britain leaves the European Union, outlined in a party conference speech in 2016, has made the job harder.

File image of British prime minister Theresa May. AP

File image of British prime minister Theresa May. AP

"She's taken some absolutist positions on particular issues. I'm thinking of the European Court of Justice," Chapman said. "There have been red lines that have been set for him that make the job he has to do very difficult."

Although Chapman praised Davis as a "tough, resilient operator" he said the position on the ECJ had left Britain "hamstrung" in the talks.

The role of the European Court of Justice is already a controversial issue in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, with the European Union insisting that the rights of EU citizens' living in Britain must be underpinned by the court.


Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 02:45 pm | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 02:45 pm


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