LONDON – A lawyer is pressing the government to publish legal advice it has allegedly received in secret saying that the government can stop Brexit at any time and remain in the European Union, according to the Observer.
The Sunday newspaper reports that lawyer Jessica Simor QC, from Matrix chambers, has been told by “two good sources” that the Prime Minister has been told that “the article 50 notification can be withdrawn by the UK at any time before 29 March 2019 resulting in the UK remaining in the EU on its current favourable terms.”
This is supported by previous statements by Lord Kerr, who authored article 50. Lord Kerr said has said that the notification, which begins the process of exiting the UK, can be reversed.
However, the government insists that Brexit cannot now be stopped. Simor has submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Prime Minister’s office to try and expose any legal advice in a bid and help build pressure on the government to re-think their Brexit position.
Concerns are growing that Britain is heading for a disastrous Brexit, crashing out of the EU with no deal. The EU recently voted to delay the progression of divorce talks after a failure to reach an agreement. Germany and France have also rejected Britain’s proposed Brexit transition arrangement and the government is reportedly privately preparing for a “no deal” scenario.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the Observer: “The claim that article 50 is irreversible was always a myth put about by Brexiters who want to stop the British people from changing their minds.”
The Department for Exiting the EU told the paper: “We made our position clear in the supreme court. As a matter of firm policy, our notification will not be withdrawn. The British people voted to leave the EU and we will deliver on their instruction. There can be no attempts to remain inside the EU and no attempt to rejoin it.”