U.K. can halt Brexit process unilaterally, rules EU court

Dec 10, 2018, 4:55 AM EST
The judgment comes as a boost for the groups opposing Brexit.
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Hours before British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan faces an acid test in the House of Commons, the European court of justice on Monday ruled that the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, without needing approval from the bloc members.

The judgment comes as a boost for the groups opposing Brexit, handing them another weapon in negotiating a second EU referendum, notes Reuters.

The court dismissed the arguments by the British government and the European Commission that the Article 50 cannot be revoked unilaterally, adding that the revocation must be decided by a democratic process consistent with national constitutional requirements, writes The Guardian.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, however, downplayed the ruling, saying that it wouldn’t change Britain’s will to leave the EU as expressed explicitly in the first referendum.