Brexit never? Britain can still change its mind, says Article 50 author

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 10, 2017) (UK POOL) – Prime Minister Theresa May should stop misleading voters and admit that Brexit can be avoided if Britain decides unilaterally to scrap divorce talks, the man who drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty said on Friday (November 10).

May, who formally notified the European Union of Britain’s intention to leave the EU by triggering Article 50 of the treaty on March 29, said she would not tolerate any attempt in parliament to block Brexit.

By triggering Article 50, May set the clock ticking on a two-year exit process that has so far failed to yield a divorce deal and which was interrupted by her gamble on a snap election in June which cost her party its majority in parliament.

But John Kerr, British ambassador to the EU from 1990 to 1995 and a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, told an Open Britain media event in London that the UK was free to change its mind on leaving the EU, and voters were being “misled” if told otherwise.

The day May triggered Article 50, she told the British parliament that there was “no turning back” and on Friday insisted that the United Kingdom would be leaving the EU at 2300 GMT on March 29 2019.

In a June 2016 referendum, 51.9 percent of voters backed leaving the EU while 48.1 percent wanted to remain.