THE UK can unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU, according to a European Court of Justice advocate general’s legal opinion.
Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona rejected the contention that Article 50 only allows the possibility of revocation following a unanimous decision of the European Council.
Instead, he said Article 50 allows the ‘unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded’.
Prime minister Theresa May’s official spokesman told reporters in Westminster that ‘this is not a final judgment’, adding: ‘It does nothing in any event to change the clear position of the government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked.’
Those who brought the case argue 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.
Legal representatives for the UK government believe the case is inadmissible as it deals with a hypothetical situation, since the government’s policy is not to revoke Article 50.
Tory former attorney general and second referendum campaigner Dominic Grieve welcomed the ruling, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today: ‘It’s clearly significant.’
■ Child killer to be released from jail
A MAN who killed three children before hanging their mutilated bodies on a fence outside their home has been cleared for release by the Parole Board.
David McGreavy killed Paul Ralph, four, and his sisters Dawn, two, and nine-month-old Samantha in their Worcester home.
Paul had been strangled, Dawn was found with her throat cut, and Samantha died from a compound fracture to the skull.
McGreavy, a family friend and lodger, then impaled their bodies on the spiked garden railings of a house in Gillam Street, Rainbow Hill.
He claimed he killed the children because one of them would not stop crying, and was sentenced to life for the murders in 1973.
The parole board confirmed that a panel directed his release following an oral hearing.
■ France delays fuel tax rises amid protests
FRENCH prime minister Edouard Philippe has announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has swept across Paris.
Mr Philippe said the planned increase, which has provoked violent riots and was set to be introduced in January, will be suspended for six months.
He said ‘no tax is worth putting the nation’s unity in danger’.
More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars set alight.
The Arc de Triomphe, which is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and was visited by world leaders last month to mark the centenary of the First World War, was sprayed with graffiti and vandalised inside during the protests.
The commitment, made in a televised address, came just three weeks after Mr Philippe insisted that the government would not change course and remained determined to help wean French consumers off polluting fossil fuels.