BRITAIN can cancel Brexit unilaterally without having to get the agreement of the 27 other EU states, a top European law officer has said.
Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona (pictured), an advocate general of the European Court of Justice, yesterday said Article 50 allowed the ‘unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded’. His opinion is not legally binding on the ECJ, which will rule later.
The case was brought by a cross-party group of Scottish politicians who believe it could pave the way for an alternative to Brexit, such as a People’s Vote.
The UK had argued that the case was inadmissible as it dealt with a hypothetical situation, since the government’s policy was not to revoke Article 50.
The prime minister’s spokesman said ‘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.’
But Tory former attorney general and second referendum campaigner Dominic Grieve told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was ‘clearly significant’ and ‘removes one of the arguments’ against a new public vote.
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