United Kingdom can unilaterally stop Brexit process, European Union court rules

United Kingdom can unilaterally stop Brexit process, European Union court rules

United Kingdom can unilaterally stop Brexit process, European Union court rules

Europe's top court ruled on Monday that Britain could halt Brexit without the approval of fellow European Union member states, in a victory for pro-Europeans on the eve of a key House of Commons vote.

The ruling will fuel tensions ahead of the crunch vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal tomorrow.

The group included SNP MP Joanna Cherry, SNP MEP Alyn Smith, Labour MEPs David Martin and Catherine Stihler, Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer, and barrister Jolyon Maugham.

They argued unilateral revocation is possible and believe it could pave the way for an alternative option to Brexit, such as a People's Vote to enable remaining in the EU.

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Lawyers representing the Council of the European Union and from the European Commission meanwhile argue that revocation is possible but would require unanimous agreement from all member states.

United Kingdom can unilaterally stop Brexit process, European Union court rules

The case was originally heard by the Court of Session in Edinburgh and two attempts by the UK Government to appeal against the referral to the European court were rejected.

The European Court of Justice is set to rule on whether the United Kingdom can unilaterally revoke Article 50.

The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that given the absence of any exit provision in Article 50, countries are able to change their mind in line with their own constitutional arrangements and that such a move "reflects a sovereign decision".

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces heavy opposition in Parliament to her Brexit deal and many expect her quest for approval to be defeated, setting up further tense talks with the European Union when she goes to Brussels on Thursday for a summit of national leaders.

Now, as British MPs continue to debate Mrs May's controversial Brexit withdrawal agreement, the court is set to issue its full ruling.

Monday's ruling follows an opinion delivered last week by the ECJ's advocate general Campos Sanchez-Bordona, who told the court it should allow the United Kingdom to withdraw its notice of intent to leave the bloc.

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