Joanna Cherry QC MP and Alyn Smith MEP have hailed 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 and Mr Smith were co-litigants in the case alongside Green and Labour Scottish politicians.
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 Scottish 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 parliament at this moment of crisis.”
SNP Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith, described the ruling as “dynamite.”
Commenting, Alyn Smith MEP said:
“Bringing the case was a risk but it has worked better than we could have hoped for.
“Our case has confirmed, once and for all and from the highest court in the business, that the UK can indeed change its mind on Brexit and revoke Article 50, unilaterally.
“The timing is sublime. As colleagues in the House of Commons consider Mrs May’s disastrous deal we now have a roadmap out of this Brexit shambles.
“A bright light has switched on above an ‘EXIT’ sign.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
The case has been brought by Joanna Cherry QC MP, Alyn Smith MEP, Andy Wightman MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Catherine Stihler MEP, David Martin MEP. The case has been crowdfunded through Jo Maughan at the Good Law Project.