“What are the conclusions that will be drawn, I suspect may be more influenced by politics than law.”
While the two British judges at the ECJ will certainly leave their posts in March 2019, the position of advocate general is described as an “independent” position in EU treaties. So, Sharpston could stay on till 2021, when her current term ends, Bloomberg observed on 19 January.
Advocates general provide preliminary opinions on cases brought before the EU’s top court, before a panel of judges begin their deliberations. The judges are not obliged to follow an advocate general’s recommendation, but in the majority of cases they reach the same conclusion.