In an early morning Brexit bombshell, the European Union’s top court has ruled that Britain can unilaterally revoke Brexit.
#ECJ: UK is free to unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU – Case C-621/18 Wightman #Brexit pic.twitter.com/KUOI2eQ48C
— EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) December 10, 2018
In one of its most rapid decisions, the European Court of Justice said that the Article 50 exit clause can be “unilaterally revoked”, allowing Britain to reverse its decision to leave the EU during the two-year period for negotiations.
“When a member state has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification,” it stated.
“That possibility exists for as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that member state has not entered into force or, if no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, and any possible extension, has not expired.”
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