Bid for legal ruling on whether UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit fails

Question is ‘academic’, says judge, as ministers have no intention to reverse UK’s EU exit

A judge in Scotland has thrown out an attempt to ask the European court of justice to rule on whether the UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit.

In a blow to a cross-party group of seven Scottish politicians seeking a hearing at the court of justice, Lord Doherty ruled on Tuesday that the question of whether article 50 could be withdrawn unilaterally was “hypothetical and academic”.

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