Alyn Smith

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Born15 September 1973

Alyn Smith is an MEP for Scotland from Scottish National Party who, with five other politicians, brought a case to the European Court of Justice on the revocation of Article 50.

On 4 December 2018, Alyn Smith said the Opinion issued by the ECJ Advocate General shows that “we now have a roadmap out of the Brexit shambles”. The Opinion, which is not binding on the Court, comes just a week after the case was heard at the ECJ following a referral from Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session. A Judgment by the Court will take place at a later date. Alyn Smith said:

“This is a huge win for us, and a huge step forward from the highest court in the business, and confirms what we have been hoping for: that the UK can indeed change its mind on Brexit and revoke Article 50, unilaterally.
“The Advocate General Opinion is not the final judgment, but the practice of the ECJ is that the Judges tend to follow the Opinion so this is a major landmark.
“We now have a roadmap out of the Brexit shambles, a bright light has switched on above an ‘EXIT’ sign and the false choice being offered to MPs at Westminster – that it is Mrs May’s disastrous deal or chaos – is shown for what it is, an abuse of Parliament.
“There are other options, and we can stop the clock.”[1]


Former Affiliations

Record and Controversies

Declaration of Financial Interests

Record of Parliamentary Votes

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • LLB (Hons.), Leeds University and Heidelberg University (1994).
  • MA (Advanced European Studies) College of Europe (1995).
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School (1996).
  • Qualified solicitor, Clifford Chance, London (1999).
  • Anderson Strathern Solicitors Edinburgh 2000-2002.
  • Scottish Parliament Advisor to Richard Lochhead MSP, Shadow Scottish Fisheries Minister (2002-2003).
  • Scottish Parliament, Scottish National Party Group Justice Business and Europe Advisor (2003-2004).



Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:ECJ Advocate General says UK can revoke Article 50 unilaterallyArticle4 December 2018Tony ConnellyArticle 50 allows the "unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the Withdrawal Agreement is formally concluded"


  1. "Politicans celebrate legal opinion that UK can unilaterally revoke EU withdrawal"
  2. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Alyn Smith, 08 December 2008, accessed 08 February 2009.
  3. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Alyn Smith, 17 June 2009, accessed 03 November 2009.