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After the Article 50 judgment

Why the European Court should never have ruled on Britain’s right to revoke the Brexit letter

By Stephen Hornsby  

Photo: Thomas Frey/DPA/PA Images

All the attention directed to the case of Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has focussed on the finding of the European Court that the UK is able to revoke Article 50 unilaterally—and that the Council of Ministers cannot stop it from doing so. The judgment may or may not prove to be of practical importance to Brexit itself; much depends on whether the politicians wish to avail themselves of the extra option it appears to provide.

However, whatever happens, it…

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