In a report drawn up before the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg, the Advocate General stated that the United Kingdom could stop the two-year legal countdown invoked under Article 50.
The United Kingdom had argued that Article 50 could only be concluded with agreement on all 27 remaining EU countries
Notice of the decision Tuesday, Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona decided that Article 50 “allows for one-sided withdrawal of the notification to withdraw from the EU”.
Judges must now decide to accept the council of counsel, as they do in most cases.
If they do, the British Parliament gives another way to force the government’s hand. With only 1
6 weeks to go before the deadline for Article 50 on March 29, the options on parliament will expire Prime Minister Theresa Mays Brexit Agreement.
Jo Maugham, one of the petitioners, welcomed the attorney’s view and urged British legislators to “seek conscience and act in the best interests of the country.”
“The decision is one that the United Kingdom can do unilaterally – without the consent of the other Member States. It makes the decision of our future back in the hands of our own elected representatives – wherever it belongs,” he added.