The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to pave the way for a hard Brexit by handing 38 national and regional parliaments the power to veto trade deals.
In a move that further clouds the prospects of a swift and comprehensive UK-EU deal, the European Union’s highest court is expected to extend the veto rights to regional parliaments through a ruling on the EU’s 2014 trade agreement with Singapore.
No, leave Brexit out of it.
So, the WTO is a trade organisation where every single member has a pure and perfect veto over everything. One of the reasons for the EU is that the 28 (currently) can speak as one voice in that organisation. For trade agreements are a sole competence of the EU.
Now the insistence is that each of the 28 should again (and down to regional parliaments as well) have a veto over trade agreements. At which point there’s no point in the EU being the WTO member is there? Might as well all sign up individually again.