SNP WELCOMES JUDGMENT THAT UK CAN REVOKE ARTICLE 50
Joanna Cherry QC MP and Patricia Gibson MP have welcomed the Judgment issued today (Monday) by the European Court of Justice in "the Scottish Case" confirming categorically that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50.
The Judgment is definitive, and cannot be appealed. It follows the Opinion of the Advocate General published last week that Article 50 allows for the unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU. Ms Cherry was a co-litigant in the case.
Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:
“I’m delighted that we now know definitively that there is an option to stay in the EU.
“The UK government has ignored Scotland’s vote to remain and all compromises suggested by the SNP Government.
“They also fought us every inch of the way in this case, so it’s a particularly sweet irony that Scottish parliamentarians and the Scottish courts have provided this lifeline to the UK Government at this moment of crisis.”
Patricia Gibson MP added:
“This case has confirmed, once and for all and from the highest court that the UK can indeed change its mind on Brexit and revoke Article 50, unilaterally. Of course, Scotland voted 62% to remain in the EU and so I have no doubt most Scots will welcome this decision.
"As the House of Commons considers Mrs May’s disastrous deal we now have a roadmap out of this Brexit shambles.”