Saturday 24 February 2018

Ex-diplomat says UK can still back out of Brexit

John Kerr, British ambassador to the EU from 1990 to 1995, said in a speech in London:
John Kerr, British ambassador to the EU from 1990 to 1995, said in a speech in London: "While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible. We can change our minds at any stage during the process." Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Guy Faulconbridge

British Prime Minister Theresa May should stop "misleading voters" and admit that Brexit can be avoided if Britain decides unilaterally to scrap divorce talks with the European Union, the man who drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has claimed.

By triggering Article 50 following the referendum vote to leave the EU, Mrs May set the clock ticking on a two-year exit process.

John Kerr, British ambassador to the EU from 1990 to 1995, said in a speech in London: "While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible. We can change our minds at any stage during the process."

He said that the legalities of Article 50 had been misrepresented in Britain, adding: "The British people have the right to know this: they shouldn't be misled."

Mrs May has repeatedly said that she will not tolerate any attempt in Parliament to block Brexit. Yesterday, she insisted that the United Kingdom would be leaving the EU at 23.00 GMT on March 29, 2019.

Irish Independent

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