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You were doing fine until about stage 7. Retracting an article 50 notification is a unilateral and definitive act which stops the entire Brexit process. Delaying Brexit by extending the A.50 notification is a matter for the EU Council alone - who have said they will do so in order to facilitate a "democratic event" such as a general election or second referendum.

Where there is a will, there is a way. The question, in this case, is whether the majority in Parliament and the country against a no deal Brexit is, or can be, as organised as the pro-Brexit forces. At the moment, the answer has to be no, but there are still some weeks available for this to play out.

Nevertheless "grasping at straws" is probably a fair description of the chances of reversing Brexit at this stage. If there has been any greater incompetence than on the part of successive UK governments, it has been on the part of those in the UK opposed to successive UK governments...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 09:04:06 PM EST
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I was under the impression that this was still under some debate, with a non-binding reading from the EU courts suggesting that the UK could withdraw unilaterally following a democratic process.

So does Corbyn or "somebody else" issuing a withdrawal letter before an election count as democratic???

It's a mess, that's for sure.

by asdf on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 at 02:28:49 AM EST
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The EJC issued a binding finding that the UK had the unilateral right to withdraw its A.50 notification until such time as Brexit had actually happened. After that A.49 applies, i.e. the UK would have to re-apply for membership like any other third party. Any UK government cold do so, in accordance with its own constitution - with or without "a democratic event" beforehand.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 at 08:04:25 PM EST
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