Michael Gove has given an interview to the BBC in which he makes clear that the Prime Minister‘s deal is not legally binding. This is a hugely significant intervention. As Secretary of State for Justice, Mr Gove is in charge of the UK’s legal system. He states that the European Court of Justice is not bound by the deal because there has not been any Treaty change. Indeed, Downing Street admits that EU courts must only take the deal ‘into account’.
The Prime Minister’s reform package carries the same legal weight as an unsigned contract. EU politicians and unelected EU judges could ignore the deal and rip it up straight after the referendum. The only way to take back control is to Vote Leave.