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This piece is unimpressive.

It’s all teenage attitude without pragmatics.

Simply put, if we’re 100% not going to go lower than EU standards, only higher - why would we not sign a guarantee on that to settle EU27 nerves and get deeper access to the huge market next door?
Furthermore, saying no ECJ whatsoever is again petulant and not pragmatic.

Look at the EU science programme. If we sign up to be a country whose institutions can receive & distribute money from the EU kitty, who oversees that legally? Clearly the ECJ - the Swiss do it that way.
If you are a coordinator for an EU science project, you receive all the money and you are responsible for managing the budget and distributing to the other (multinational) partner institutions.

If there is any legal/financial dispute between partners, the ECJ sorts it.
Imagine trying to do it *without* the ECJ.

Where would a French uni saying it has been short-changed by the Swiss coordinator go? To French courts? But they have no jurisdiction over the Swiss institute. It’d be a mess.

Money from EU kitty needs EU oversight. That’s the ECJ.
So when you take part in the EU science programme, you do so under EU’s law & jurisdiction.

Just like when you visit the US, you have to operate under US law & jurisdiction.

It’s fair & sensible.

Which is why saying we’ll have no ECJ is just a daft stance re: science prog.
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