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Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Finsbury Lord Smith of Finsbury Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest constitutional advice they have (1) sought, and (2) received, as to whether the Article 50 application to leave the EU can be revoked before the process is complete.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

A clear majority of the electorate voted to leave the EU and we will respect the will of the British people. This was reinforced by the fact that in the last general election over eighty percent voted for parties committed to respecting the outcome of the referendum. There can be no attempts to remain inside the EU and no attempt to rejoin it. There is no precedent for a country triggering Article 50, let alone seeking to reverse such a decision. As a matter of firm policy, our notification will not be withdrawn for the simple reason that people voted to leave. And we are determined to see through that instruction.

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