UK article 50 revocation: Reading between the lines of the ECJ ruling

UK article 50 revocation: Reading between the lines of the ECJ ruling


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The European Court of Justice has ruled Brexit can still be stopped. The decision has a few very interesting points with broader relevance worth considering:

It’s not as simple as that

It’s not as simple as that: “The revocation must be decided following a democratic process in accordance with national constitutional requirements.” And if we are going to have any semblance of democracy after a referendum was called, and then not executed by the government, then it would probably take a referendum asking whether or not to revoke article 50.


No repercussions

If Brexit is indeed stopped, there will be no repercussions: “The revocation by a Member State of the notification of its intention to withdraw reflects a sovereign decision to retain its status as a Member State of the European Union, a status which is neither suspended nor altered by that notification.”
 

No one gets kicked out of the EU

A country will never be kicked out of the EU against its will: “To subject that right to revoke to the unanimous approval of the European Council as the Commission and Council proposed, would transform a unilateral sovereign right into a conditional right and would be incompatible with the principle that a Member State cannot be forced to leave the European Union against its will.”
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