Brit expats await final judgement on right to revoke Article 50

Published:  29 Nov at 6 PM
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Judgement on whether the UK can legally revoke article 50 is due December 4.

Next Tuesday, the advocate-general of the European Court of Justice will present his legal opinion as to whether the UK has a right to unconditionally and unilaterally revoke Article 50. The final judgement is of crucial interest to anti-Brexit campaign groups as well as to the majority of UK expats living in the EU and hoping against hope their Brexit nightmares would surrender to common sense and reconciliation.

The announcement was made following the disappointing European Court of Justice ruling against a case brought by British barrister Jolyon Maugham. According to Maugham, the issue is still crucial as, should the UK decide to remain in the EU following a second referendum or change of government, the inability to revoke unilaterally would mean that the cancellation of Brexit might be subject to EU member states’ conditions. After the hearing, Maugham told media representatives that everyone from the petitioners and the Commission to the EU Council believes the ‘die is not cast’ and it’s not yet too late for the UK to change its mind and stay in the EU.

The point now in question is whether Britain could simply state its wish to stay by withdrawing article 50 or whether the EU Council’s permission would need to be sought. Recently, the UK government recognised the fact that British MPs were able to direct it to revoke Article 50 should they so wish. The only problem would be that the entire right to revoke issue might become a problem following the MPs’ vote if one or more EU member states and/or the EU parliament itself object to the UK’s change of heart. Should this happen, the European Court of Justice would need to rule on the issue. Whatever goes down, British expats in the EU are waiting and hoping for a miracle.
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