This is not entirely unexpected

The European court of justice has raised a ray of hope for British trade negotiators with a surprise ruling that will make it harder for national parliaments to block key components of any future post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK.

In a long-awaited test case that had been expected to complicate the Brexit process, the court instead ruled that EU officials had exclusive powers to negotiate international trade deals without ratification by national and regional parliaments.

Ratification is still required in specific areas, such as inward investment and dispute resolution, but the definition of the EU “competences” is much broader than had been expected.

It’s pretty much what the EU itself has been insisting for decades now. Trade is a sole EU compotentcy.

That the let everyone vote on the Canadian deal is just because they decided to let everyone vote on it.

8 comments on “This is not entirely unexpected

  1. What would happen if every country except France and Germany supported a deal or would they just lean hard to prevent a vote?

  2. Ljh,

    in a properly run democracy you only let people have a vote if you are sure the outcome will be the one you want, the ECJ has formalised that process.

  3. They floated the idea of 27 separate negotiations, found that a lot of members, eg the Dutch, would readily agree to trade deals, and so decided to make it an EU competency so that they can give us a shit deal.

    Hopefully, even TM can negotiate a better deal than Labour.

    I thought it hilarious that GPs asked Labour for a lot more money for a lot fewer hours and the saps agreed, then screeched about the naughty GPs

  4. The EU has figured out that they can stay in London for six months at five star hotels and everyone else will pay for it.

    Of course they are not going to let the Dutch get any of the action.

  5. Dispute resolution organization and some aspects of IP are not covered by EU competences. That’s the problem.

  6. On an EU tangent, I just saw this in the Graun:

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

    A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose?

    Yes, the Graun is upset because “the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum.”

    Suspend democracy quick!

    Unsurprisingly, a lot of BTL “Comment is Free” comments have been censored. Freely.

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