Article 50 can be extended without the UK having to hold European Parliament elections – Jason Coppel QC co-authors legal Opinion

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The Government has repeatedly stated in recent days that a further, long extension to the Article 50 notification period could only be granted by the EU if the UK held elections to the European Parliament in May of this year.  Today, Jason Coppel QC, four other EU law specialist barristers and Professor Piet Eeckhout of UCL have published an Opinion challenging that view.  They demonstrate that there are various EU law mechanisms which could be deployed relatively quickly to suspend the UK’s participation in the forthcoming elections, without the need for amendment to the EU Treaties.  The other authors of the Opinion are David Anderson QC, Marie Demetriou QC, Philip Moser QC and Emma Mockford. 

To read the Opinion click here.