Last week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said that the government wouldn’t be revoking the Article 50 notice that triggered the Brexit process.
The European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona announced on Tuesday that the United Kingdom had the right to unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU. The opinion is non-binding, but is likely to be followed by the panel of judges.
‘Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona proposes that the Court of Justice should declare that 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, provided that the revocation has been decided upon in accordance with the Member State’s constitutional requirements, is formally notified to the European Council and does not involve an abusive practice’,the EU’s top court said in a statement.
A group of Scottish lawmakers pursued a legal ruling on how the UK’s request under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon could be unilaterally revoked before the Brexit deadline of 29 March, 2019.
Article 50 stipulates that any member-state is entitled to decide to leave the European Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
The UK parliament will begin five-day debates on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal on 4 December and will vote on the deal, endorsed by the EU, on 11 December.