Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg, France, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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The planned EU-Canada free trade deal cleared a hurdle to its implementation next year when the European Parliament rejected a motion Wednesday to ask the top European Union court to rule on its legality.The vote by lawmakers in the parliament is an indication they will also ultimately back the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) itself, allowing it partially to enter force early in 2017 .The group had wanted the court to assess whether the trade deal's proposed investor court system is compatible with EU laws.CETA supporters said that the parliament's own legal service had ruled that the 1,598-page CETA text was in line with EU rules.
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