EU Court of Justice says Britain has unilateral power to stop Brexit

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REMAIN? Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona (Inset) has addressed the question of whether a member state, such as Britain, could revoke Article 50. Photo: Shutterstock and ECJ

THE UK has the unilateral power to stop the Brexit process, according to the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.    

Today (Tuesday), the Advocate General stated the ‘unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU’ was permitted by European law.

The Advocate General, Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona’s comments mean that the UK would not need permission from the 27 other EU member states to cancel Brexit, should it wish to.

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Therefore, Article 50 could be withdrawn and Britain has the power to retain its EU membership terms.

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who has vocally backed his support for a second referendum, proclaimed the Advocate General’s comments as ‘significant’.

‘It is certainly helpful as it removes one of the arguments that they would not allow us to change our minds,’ said Mr. Grieve.

The Advocate General’s comments are not binding, however, the European Court has backed his leadership in its final rulings on numerous occasions during his tenure.

Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona was addressing the question of whether a member state, such as Britain, could revoke Article 50.

Parliament would however, need to vote in favour of withdrawing Article 50, which was triggered with huge support from politicians back in 2016.

The British Government under Theresa May has not given any indication that it plans to hold either a second referendum or to revoke Article 50.

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