Luxembourg, December 10: In a major verdict, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Monday declared that the United Kingdom is free to unilaterally revoke its decision to leave the European Union (EU). The decision comes a day ahead of critical vote in the House of Commons on the Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.
A section of anti-Brexit lawmakers have pressed upon the government to suspend the campaign to leave EU, and conduct a second referendum to ascertain whether the people of Great Britain want to exit the conglomeration of European nations. Bank of England Warns "No-Deal Brexit" Would Push UK into 2008-Like Recession.
The pro-leave section of Tories, the British National Party (BNP) and a section of European Union leaders had objected to the voices growing across the UK, seeking unilateral revocation of Brexit -- which came into effect through a historic referendum in 2016.
Considered to be the most disruptive political event in UK's recent history, the Brexit vote led to the resignation of the then Prime Minister David Cameron, along with a slew of Conservative Party lawmakers who called the decision a disaster for Britain.
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"The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU," the court noted today, while rejecting the UK government European Commission's claim that Section 50 of Brexit Act prevents the two sides from annulling the developments made in the last 2 years.
The ruling would, however, be reviewed on an immediate basis by Scotland’s civil court in Edinburgh. This is considered to be the last legal battle before the Theresa May regime, which is pushing for an exit programme which has alienated her key supporter and Brexit proponent Boris Johnson.