Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay said this week that Britain’s Article 50 notice to leave the European Union could be not be revoked as a temporary measure, write Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill.

Earlier this month, the EU’s top court ruled that the British government may reverse its decision to leave the bloc without consulting other member states. Any extension of Article 50, however, would require the agreement of the rest of the EU.

Asked by a lawmaker if there were circumstances in which the government might revoke Article 50 as a de facto extension while it prepared for a no deal Brexit or sought a better deal from the EU, Barclay said: “What the court case was clear about is one can’t revoke as a temporary measure.”

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