European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed a critical vote on the draft Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union, conceding that it would not have enough support to pass Parliament if the vote were held Tuesday as scheduled.

In an emergency judgement delivered just a day before British Parliament is due to vote on the Brexit deal agreed with the EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, "That member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification" without consulting other member states. United Kingdom lawmakers are expected to decide soon the fate of a draft Brexit deal negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union.

At the same time she said Britain would step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

She said the Prime Minister must get rid of the controversial insurance policy created to ensure frictionless trade across the island if no better trade deal is struck.

"The UK is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union", according to the ruling by a 25-judge panel.

Responding to Monday's ruling, Ms Cherry said: "I'm delighted that we now know definitively that there is an option to stay in the EU".

Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project which took the case to the court, said that the ruling was "arguably the most important case in modern domestic legal history".

"We don't want to stay in the EU", Gove, who serves as environment minister, told BBC Radio.

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Thousands pro-Brexit demonstrators march through London.

A vote could take place next week or even be delayed until early January, although this would allow less time for the ensuing Brexit legislation to be passed through parliament before 29 March.

The court said it "would be inconsistent with the EU treaties' objective of creating an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe to force the withdrawal of a member state which, having notified its intention to withdraw from the EU in accordance with its constitutional rules and following a democratic process, decides to revoke to revoke the notification of that intention through a democratic process". Instead, it "simply says that the revocation has to be 'unequivocal and unconditional'".

Opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn blasted the "shambolic" government and said that May "must make way" if she continues to not listen to the concerns.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) concluded that the United Kingdom can unilaterally withdraw Article 50, which was the formal notice of its intention to leave the bloc.

"The revocation must be decided following a democratic process in accordance with national constitutional requirements".

"We think that the option to stay as a member of the European Union, on our current terms, is a credible and compelling alternative, to be considered in the national interest, right through Parliament's voting on Brexit", they said.

The court's Advocate-General, Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona, has already suggested that Britain could unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the EU.