Can the UK uni­lat­er­ally stop Brexit?

● EU Court of Jus­tice to be asked

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY PAUL WARD

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

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