Law officer says United Kingdom can cancel Brexit

Law officer says United Kingdom can cancel Brexit

The UK can halt Brexit by unilaterally revoking the Article 50 notification, a top European Union law officer has said.

May is due to address Parliament Tuesday, opening five days of debate before a December 11 vote on the divorce agreement.

A Scottish court decided in September to seek the European Union tribunal's guidance in a case brought by Maugham, along with a group of Scottish and English lawmakers seeking to reverse the so-called Article 50 process. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

On Monday, the government published a summary of the legal advice, despite a parliamentary vote that had required the full advice to be released.

"The numbers in the Houses of Parliament look pretty formidable for Theresa May", said Alan Wager, a research associate at the the Changing Europe think tank.

In another boost to opponents of Brexit, a top official at the European Union's highest court advised Tuesday that Britain can change its mind about leaving the European Union if it wants.

The court is assessing the issue with greater urgency as Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

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"We now have a roadmap out of the Brexit shambles, a bright light has switched on above an "EXIT" sign and the false choice being offered to MPs at Westminster - that it is Mrs May's disastrous deal or chaos - is shown for what it is, an abuse of Parliament". The full courts ruling should be available much more quickly than normal because the court is dealing with the case on an expedited basis. The reprimand, by 311 votes to 293, marks the first time a British government has been found in contempt of Parliament.

A cross-party group of politicians has said the United Kingdom can "stop the clock" on Brexit after a top European law officer said the country can unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU. The Bank of England warned last week that a no-deal Brexit could plunge Britain into a severe recession, with the economy shrinking by 8 percent in the months after March 29.

It can only take place in the two-year period from the member state's formal notification of triggering Article 50 to the EU Council, where its peers meet, he added. While it is a non-binding ruling, the opinion of Advocate Generals are mostly followed by judges at the ECJ. Article 50 is scant on details - largely because the idea of any country leaving the bloc was considered unlikely - so a group of Scottish legislators asked the courts to rule on whether the United Kingdom can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own.

A final verdict is expected within weeks. "It does nothing, in any event, to change the clear position of the government that Article 50 is not going to be revoked".

"That puts the decision about our future back into the hands of our own elected representatives", said Jo Maugham, one of the lawyers involved in the case.

The anti-Brexit politicians and campaigners who have brought the case hope it will give MPs an extra option when considering whether to approve Mrs May's draft deal or not, because it could keep alive the prospect of calling off Brexit - potentially through another referendum.

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