spoonman wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:41 am
There's one other option I see open that I've seen no one talk about unless there is a good legal reason why it's impossible - if the EU27 reject a request to extend the deadline for the UK to leave, can Theresa May revoke the Article 50 notification at the last moment, say at 22:30 GMT on 29th March only in make a new Article 50 notification just days or even hours later?
I know that would be a a shitstorm of god like proportions to kick the can down the road for a further two years, pissing off pretty much everyone else, but since May's government has been found in contempt of Parliament, has had her withdrawal agreement suffer a crushing defeat not once but twice in the Commons yet shows no intent on resigning at all & doesn't have to call an election until 2022 plus she's immune from party leadership challenges for another 8 to 9 months, nothing would surprise me at that point if she tried such a stunt. But is there a legal reason why she can't?
Well, it isn't impossible, but if you think the EU is pissed off with us now, you'd be appalled at the reaction that taking that course of action would engender. The whole Article 50 process was never intended to be used, and the UK is the first and probably will be the only country to use it to leave the EU - and you can see why.
What s clear is that revocation of the Article 50 notifiction is expected only to be used in the event of a sincere intent permanently to pull back from the Brexit path, and not as a short term trick to secure another two year period by immediately re-invoking it.
It's theoretically possible, but not really a good idea.