UK can stop Brexit process, says European Court of Justice official

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

An official from the European Court of Justice has claimed the UK can stop the Brexit process without the formal agreement of the EU 27 or EU Commission.

Senior adviser to the ECJ, Campos Sánchez-Bordona, announced that in his professional opinion the UK could unilaterally revoke Article 50, the process which requires the country to give the European Union two years notice that it intended to leave.



Mr Sánchez-Bordona claimed it was essential that MPs knew it was possible to halt the Brexit process ahead of a vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal next week.

It had previously been said by lawyers representing the Council of the European Union and from the European Commission, that revocation of Article 50 was only possible if there was unanimous agreement from all member states.


Doesn't 'really change anything'

WATCH: Mark Francois MP talks Brexit with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Appearing on the breakfast show, Mark Francois, a Conservative MP and chair of the European Research Group, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the announcement didn't "really change anything".

"MPs from across the spectrum voted massively to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of withdrawal along the lines of the instruction we'd effectively been given by the British people in the referendum," he said.

"Any MP that wanted to revoke that would have to explain to their constituents why they voted to trigger it, and then wanted to untrigger it."