Britain can still make a U-turn on Brexit says expert who created Article 50
Nov 09, 2017 Politics 6648 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- Britain can still make a U-turn on Brexit says expert who created Article 50.
- John Kerr calls on PM May to stop misleading people with claims that the country cannot turn back.
- Britain can cancel Brexit if the country unilaterally calls off exit talks.
Expert who created Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has disclosed that Britain can still avoid
Brexit if the country unilaterally calls off the exit talks and has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to stop misleading the people by claiming there is no turning back.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty when she informed the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the Union on March 29 which essentially meant that the country had to sort out a divorce deal within a two year period from that date.
"While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible," John Kerr, British ambassador to the EU from 1990 to 1995, will say in a speech in London.
"We still have all the rights of a member-state, including the right to change our minds," Kerr will say, according to excerpts released by his office. "The British people have the right to know this – they should not be misled."
The day May triggered Article 50, she told the British parliament that there was "no turning back" and that the United Kingdom would be leaving the EU.
"A political decision has been made, in this country, to maintain that there can be no going back. Actually, the country still has a free choice about whether to proceed," Kerr said.