10 December 2018 - European Court of Justice Rules UK Can Unilaterally End Brexit
Brexit ruling: UK can cancel decision, EU court says
(BBC News, 10/12/2018)
The European Court of Justice has ruled the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members.
The ECJ judges ruled this could be done without altering the terms of Britain's membership.
A group of anti-Brexit politicians argued the UK should be able to unilaterally halt Brexit, but they were opposed by the government and EU.
UK can cancel Brexit by unilaterally revoking Article 50, European Court of Justice rules
Jon Stone (The Independent, 10/12/2018)
The UK has the legal power to stop Brexit by unilaterally revoking Article 50, the EU's top court has ruled.
The ruling matches legal advice given to the court last week by its advocate general, who said as a sovereign country Britain could reverse its decision even at this late stage.
The legal decision is significant because means Britain could prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening if it wanted, even if Theresa May's deal is voted down by MPs next week.
Brexit: UK can unilaterally revoke article 50, says EU court
Severin Carrell (The Guardian, 10/12/2018)
The European court of justice has ruled the UK can unilaterally stop the Brexit process, in a decision that will boost demands for a second EU referendum.
The court concluded that any EU member state can revoke the article 50 process without needing approval from every other member state, in an emergency judgment timed to coincide with Tuesday’s critical Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
It said: “The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU.”
European Court of Justice rules UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 and halt Brexit
Greg Heffer (Sky News, 10/12/2018)
The EU’s top court has ruled the UK can revoke Article 50 and halt Brexit without the permission of other member states.
A judgement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Monday gives the UK the right to unilaterally withdraw its notification to leave the EU.
Judges ruled revoking Article 50 is possible until the UK's withdrawal agreement enters into force or - if no deal is reached between London and Brussels - until the end of the two-year Article 50 negotiating period.