European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has said the EU will allow CETA, a secretive and radical free trade deal between Canada and the EU to come into force until all Europe’s parliament vote on it.
His plan would mean that CETA will become de facto law for an indefinite period of time since it could take years for all of Europe’s parliaments to vote.
Juncker argues that the EU has the legal authority to claim exclusive jurisdiction over the deal, something that has been disputed by legal experts.
His plan to push CETA through in spite of opposition from European member states has underlined the authoritarian, anti democratic and intransparent nature of the EU.
CETA has been criticised for transferring power from national governments to corporations and setting up a parallel judicial system.