Britain can unilaterally revoke Article 50

Pro-European Union (EU), anti-Brexit demonstrators wave Union and EU flags as they protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on December 3, 2018. (AFP pic)

LUXEMBOURG: EU countries can unilaterally end the divorce process from the bloc, the legal advisor to the union’s top court said Tuesday in a closely watched case launched by anti-Brexit politicians in Britain.

The case was referred to the European Court of Justice by a Scottish court and hinges on whether British MPs could simply revoke the country’s “Article 50” EU withdrawal process.

“Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona proposes that the European Court of Justice should declare that Article 50 authorises the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the Union,” a statement from the court said.

“That possibility continues to exist until the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded,” the court added.

Judges at the ECJ usually, but not always, follow the legal opinions of the court’s advocate general.