| Andy Wightman |
|Born||Andrew Dearg Wightman|
29 May 1963
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
|Party||Scottish Green Party|
Andy Wightman is a Scottish Green Party Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Lothian region and a writer and researcher best known for his work on land ownership in Scotland. He is the author of "Who Owns Scotland" and "The Poor Had No Lawyers".
On 27 November 2018, the European Court of Justice heard the case brought by Andy Wightman and others (C-621/18 Wightman on revocation of Article 50). The Advocate General Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona delivered his Opinion on 4 December 2018. In his Opinion, Article 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". The Luxembourg Judges, who follow the AG's Opinion in 80% of cases, are expected to deliver their ruling relatively quickly, given the urgency of the issue.
Andy Wightman said:
- “This is a very welcome Opinion that vindicates the argument we made to the Court of Justice on 27 November. We await the Court’s ruling in due course followed by the final decision of the Court of Session.
- “It is now highly likely that, if the people of the UK were to change their minds and decide to remain in the EU, there is now a route to doing so. This would involve the extension of the Article 50 notification period and a second referendum.
- “This is the only option that ends the current chaos and provides a considered and sincere means by which the citizens of the UK can have the final say in this process.”
|Document:ECJ Advocate General says UK can revoke Article 50 unilaterally||Article||4 December 2018||Tony Connelly||Article 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"|
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