Lord Kerr – Advocate General right to suggest Article 50 notification can be revoked unilaterally - People's Vote

Lord Kerr – Advocate General right to suggest Article 50 notification can be revoked unilaterally

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has given his advice, suggesting that the UK can unilaterally revoke its notification to leave the EU under the Article 50 process.

Commenting, Lord John Kerr, one of the architects of Article 50, said:

“This is no surprise and, if it the Court agrees, will confirm that it is still up to us to decide whether we want to keep the existing deal we've got in the EU rather than leave on the Government's terms.

“The choice facing us is not simply between the Government’s deal and no deal. We can choose to change course. There is still time and, until the UK has left the EU, the Article 50 letter can be withdrawn.

“And despite some of the bogus claims that have been made by those who oppose staying in the EU, there would be no price to pay – political or financial – if we were to take back the Article 50 letter.

“With support growing across the country for a People’s Vote, it is clear to me that this is the best way forward. The people should have the right to choose.”

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Notes to Editors

The full advice can be read here: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2018-12/cp180187en.pdf