European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

She called on lawmakers to compromise on a Brexit deal.

Many warn, however, that it could stir unrest.

While not ruling himself out of the race, Gove said it would be "extremely unlikely" he would be prime minister.

Sterling skidded to its weakest level since April 2017, falling to $1.2527.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn blasted the government before May's address and again in Parliament after she spoke.

Downing Street insisted the vote would go ahead as planned on Tuesday and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said it was "100% happening".

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Johnson criticized the current deal, describing it as a "legal lobster pot" reducing the United Kingdom to "colony status" at the hands of the EU. "My message was clear".

"Why has it taken the prime minister this long to face up to the reality" that lawmakers will not back her deal?


A loss in the Commons could lead to the loss of her job as a vote of no confidence in her leadership would likely follow.

Article 50 of the European Union membership treaty is clear that Brexit can be stopped at any point within two years, as long as all 27 member states and the United Kingdom agree.

London could revoke its Article 50 formal divorce notice with no penalty, says EU's top court. "We can now stop Brexit quickly, with no loss of existing rights & benefits", commented Labour Peer Andrew Adonis. Steve Baker, a leading Conservative Brexiteer, said Monday that May should "go back to Brussels and demand a better deal".

Pro-Brexit lawmakers said they wouldn't support May's agreement unless she renegotiated it to remove the Irish backstop.

The court ruled, contrary to the UK Government's position, that the case is "relevant and not hypothetical".

The ruling, clarifying Article 50 of the EU treaty, rejected arguments put forward by the EU executive, which said other EU states would need to agree, partly on the grounds that otherwise governments could use threats of withdrawal to gain advantage.

A ruling from European judges is what the group has sought from day one.

"The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union", the court ruled. "This case is all very well but it doesn't alter either the result of the referendum or the clear intention of the government to leave".


This legal decision is significant because it means Britain could prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening if it wanted, even if May's deal is voted down by MPs.

It said the British government is free to do so as long as no withdrawal agreement has entered force.

Polls suggest a re-run would still be close, although some older voters, who mainly voted to leave, have died and young people who mostly want to stay have reached voting age. "As colleagues in the House of Commons consider Mrs May's disastrous deal we now have a road map out of this Brexit shambles".

The ruling will strengthen the campaign for a second referendum on Brexit.

"From listening to those views", she continued after the noise in the chamber ebbed, "it is clear that while there is broad support for numerous key aspects of the deal, on one issue - the Northern Ireland backstop - there remains widespread and deep concern".

May's government says the ruling means nothing because it has no intention of reversing its decision to leave the European Union on March 29.

Responding to Monday's ruling, Ms Cherry said: "I'm delighted that we now know definitively that there is an option to stay in the EU". "We will therefore defer the vote".


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