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ECJ loss rate doesn't show injustice | Stop Brexit - Apr. 2016 |

The UK loses 75 per cent of cases at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), says Vote Leave. For the Sun, this is an "injustice for Britain". "Proof of meddling", says the Daily Express.  And, says Vote Leave, the problem is getting worse, as "the rate at which the UK has been defeated has also been increasing".

    "In 40 years, we've lost three-quarters of cases at the Luxembourg Court, when we've tried to resist these incursions. They affect everything from the price of beer to the cost of home insulation, and undermine basic principle of our democracy - that the British people can hold to account those who write the laws of the land."

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Vote Leave bases its claims on the 131 ECJ cases involving the UK since we joined the EU. We lost 101, so Vote Leave announces our "failure rate" as 77.1 per cent, rounded down to 75. The campaign adds that the number of failures per year is increasing: in the ten years to 2005, the UK lost 27 cases; in the subsequent decade, it lost 42. Finally, Vote Leave asserts that the share of cases lost is rising. Since 2010, the UK has lost 80 per cent.

The last claim is most easily dispensed with. A rise in the share of cases lost from 77 per cent to 80 per cent is insignificant, and disappears depending on the period chosen. As to the trend in absolute numbers, Vote Leave is right that the UK is losing more cases each year. But we are winning more as well.

That still leaves the complaint that the UK has lost over three-quarters of all cases, an apparently troubling proportion. But it is important to understand that most cases - 91 of the 131 - involve the Commission taking the UK to court for failure to implement EU law. The Commission won't bring such cases unless its lawyers reckon it will win. So it should come as no surprise that the Commission won 77 out of the 91 cases that it brought against the UK, or 84.6 per cent. The UK fared somewhat better in the remaining 40 cases, losing 24, or 60 per cent. Taking both types of case together, Britain does not seem to do particularly badly compared to other EU countries. Of the 50 most recent cases involving France, for example, the French lost 90 per cent.

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On an aside, the cosy relationship of the Tories with media mogul Rupert Murdoch ...

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by Oui on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 07:17:41 PM EST
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tbh the blairite labour govt didn't exactly resist Murdoch. Blair would happily fly to Australia when Sauron whistled

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 08:05:12 PM EST
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Thanks for this. NB - not all of your blockquote above from the Express article.

"In 40 years, we've lost three-quarters of cases at the Luxembourg Court, when we've tried to resist these incursions. They affect everything from the price of beer to the cost of home insulation, and undermine basic principle of our democracy - that the British people can hold to account those who write the laws of the land."

NB the ECJ no more "writes the laws of the land" than UK courts, and UK Courts are no more accountable to "the British people" than the ECJ.

The Express appears to have difficulty differentiating between the legislative and judicial institutions of both the UK and the EU.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 08:10:51 PM EST
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the Express is just a dumb version of the Daily Mail; all the hate with none of the subtlety

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 at 08:14:57 PM EST
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