There has been a huge upsurge of public support for revoking Article 50 and keeping Britain in the European Union.
And with the latest desperate moves by Boris Johnson, there’s growing support to simply put a stop to them all by revoking Article 50, concentrating instead on fixing our public services, tackling inequality and protecting the environment.
Here is how you can your voice and help make it happen:
- Next, write to your MP: Write To Them takes you quickly and easily through everything from finding them to writing a message and emailing it off.
- Now, strengthen your voice by also signing these other key anti-Brexit petitions: Exit from Brexit (Lib Dems) and People’s Vote.
- Finally, back the political party that has been leading the fight against Brexit: join the Lib Dems or, if that’s a step too far, sign up as a supporter.
Or read on if you’d like to find out a bit more…
Great reads to find out more about Brexit
What is Article 50?
Article 50 (which you can read in full here) is part of the Lisbon Treaty. It sets out the steps which a country follows to leave the European Union (EU). There is a two-year time limit on the process; i.e. once a country kicks off the Article 50 process by notifying the European Council, it has two years to sort out terms of departure and the like before it has to leave.
What is ‘revoking’ all about?
If a country kicks off that process but then decides it wants to stay in the EU after all, it can cancel (or ‘revoke’) the Article 50 notification. There’s been a legal verdict that the UK could revoke its Article 50 notification unilaterally, i.e. without requiring the permission of the rest of the E.U.
It is also possible to extend the two-year time limit by mutual agreement as long as there is unanimous agreement amongst countries to do so.