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Britain’s proposal on the European Court of Justice is riddled with contradiction

A former ECJ judge says the Chequers plan does not move things forward

By Franklin Dehousse  

Photo: Horst Galuschka/DPA/PA Images

The relationship between the UK and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has always been a tormented one. The British are not alone. In the 1960s, the ECJ was already sharply criticised by Michel Debré (Charles de Gaulle’s prime minister) and by the German Constitutional Court. Margaret Thatcher, however, was a quite persistent opponent. From experience, the author can attest, as a matter of fact, that heads of government do complain occasionally about the ECJ during the European Councils.

Most often, the Court is criticised…

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