Can the UK unilaterally stop Brexit?
● EU Court of Justice to be asked
The European Court will be asked if the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit after the UK Government refused a Court of Session appeal. The Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled in September to refer the question of whether the UK can unilaterally revoke its Article 50 request to leave the European Union to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) .
A date had been set for November 27 but the UK Government made an application for permission to appeal the ruling to the UK Supreme Court.
Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge and Lord President of the Court of Session, refused the application yesterday and the case will proceed to the CJEU in the current timescale.
The initial case had been brought by a cross-party group of politicians together with lawyer Jolyon Maugham.
After the case, Mr Maugham tweeted: “The government’s last-ditch effort to block our attempt to empower parliament to act in the national interest has failed... The Government must now focus on meeting the promises made to voters in the Referendum campaign.”
REJECTED: Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, refused the application