Ar­ti­cle 50 rul­ing due on Mon­day

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The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice will de­liver its rul­ing on whether the UK can uni­lat­er­ally re­voke its with­drawal from the EU the day be­fore Tues­day’s crunch vote on the prime min­is­ter’s Brexit deal.

Mon­day’s rul­ing will come less than a week af­ter a Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice (ECJ) Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral is­sued a le­gal opin­ion stat­ing the UK can uni­lat­er­ally re­voke its with­drawal from the EU.

Manuel Cam­pos Sanchez-Bor­dona re­jected the con­tention that Ar­ti­cle 50 only al­lows the pos­si­bil­ity of re­vo­ca­tion fol­low­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion of the Euro­pean Coun­cil.

The opin­ion is not bind­ing on the court but cam­paign­ers who brought the case said it is con­sid­ered very in­flu­en­tial, and wel­comed the news the rul­ing would be de­liv­ered be­fore De­cem­ber 11.

SNP MP Joanna Cherry, one of those in­volved in bring­ing the case, tweeted: “#CJEU will give fi­nal judg­ment in #Ar­ti­cle50 case at 8am on Mon­day morn­ing so our aim of en­sur­ing MPs know re­vo­ca­tion is pos­si­ble be­fore the #Mean­ing­fulVote will be achieved.

“Thank to all who have sup­ported us #Brexit #Peo­plesVote.”

Cam­paign­ers have said if the ECJ rules the UK can uni­lat­er­ally re­voke Brexit it could give the coun­try the op­tion to “stop the clock” on leav­ing the EU as it would give an al­ter­na­tive to the op­tions of the prime min­is­ter’s deal or no-deal. The case was brought for­ward by a group of Scot­tish politi­cians.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said the chances of stop­ping Brexit are high

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