Kaiserschmarrn wrote:The point is, as I think you know, that Canada is not required to automatically align itself with rules and regulations that the US might come up with at a future point.
I don't know which specific pronouncement(s) you are referring to, so can't comment. Could you provide links?
If we are talking about a conventional free trade deal, e.g. similar to the often referred to Canada deal, there is simply no reason why the ECJ should have jurisdiction at all. That the EU still insists on it would indicate that they regard it as somewhat more important than you.
It's better to not think of issues like the ECJ and dynamic alignment as completely separate issues. They are part of a broader pattern confirming the EU's wish to influence its neighbours above and beyond that which would be a natural dominance due to its size anyway. Again, it's quite a heavy handed and overbearing approach and is in my view an expression of a fundamentally different style and strategy with respect to trade and international cooperation which ought to be resisted on principle.
It depends, actually. Canada has to use some of the US regulations but not in all fields. Its complicated.
As for the courts thing. Most trade deals if not all of them have specific arbitration courts to settle disputes. You know, the courts that everyone hates for being stacked with corporatist lawyers and corporatist legal experts. I do not see what is the problem. You will have even more secretive courts if you are going to sign trade deals between your US and other countries. ECJ is much much more transparent and known compared to all of the other ones. Not to mention we can trust it to be more unbiased than others regarding corporatist lawyers and experts. (And i guess this is the real problem for your leaders)
Basically, i have my idea why the courts issue is a problem and i understand the propaganda about it. I just don't agree with it.
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