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Top EU court rules UK can change mind over Brexit

Top EU court rules UK can change mind over Brexit

World
The European Union's top court ruled Monday that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. The European Court of Justice ruled that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, "that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification." Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process. Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely. A group of Scottish legislators had asked the ECJ to rule on whether the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own. The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that given the absence of any...
Brexit donors: May's deal worse than staying in the EU

Brexit donors: May's deal worse than staying in the EU

Business
Three of the biggest donors to the Leave campaign have told Sky News that they are dismayed by the progress of Brexit and that it would be better for Britain to remain in the European Union than sign up to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement. The trio, who offered more than £5m in donations for the Leave campaign, each offered scathing criticism of the political process and insisted that Brexit had been "hampered", "squandered" or "obstructed".Billionaire financier Peter Hargreaves said there would be "no Brexit" because politicians "are cowards".Investment manager Jeremy Hosking, a major shareholder in Crystal Palace football club, said Mrs May's deal would put the UK "in a straitjacket".Stuart Wheeler, founder of spreadbetting giant IG Index, said the UK had been redu...
Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Brexit: Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

Technology
A minister has resigned saying a row over involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system shows the UK will be "hammered" in negotiations over a Brexit deal.Science and universities minister Sam Gyimah quit after Mrs May said the UK was pulling out of Galileo.The UK wanted to stay part of it but the EU said it would be banned from extra-secure elements of the project.Mr Gyimah said it was a foretaste of the "brutal negotiations" to come. He's the 10th member of government to resign over the agreement, which he dismissed as a "deal in name only". He said he intended to vote against the deal negotiated with Brussels, and called for another referendum. The UK's interests "will be repeatedly and permanently hammered by th...
UK won't use EU's Galileo satellites after Brexit

UK won't use EU's Galileo satellites after Brexit

Technology
The UK must build its own satellite system after Theresa May confirmed the country will not be involved in the EU's Galileo project post-Brexit. The prime minister said Britain would explore other options to build its own system that can guide military drones, run energy networks and provide essential services for civilian smart phones.Experts have predicted it will cost an estimated £3bn to £5bn, and it is unclear whether the UK will get back the £1.2bn it sunk into the Galileo project.The UK will also work with the US to continue accessing its GPS system.Sky News reported on Thursday that government plans to build Britain's own system could hit the buffers because other countries have already claimed signal space. Image:...
Facebook remove Brexit campaign ads in crackdown

Facebook remove Brexit campaign ads in crackdown

Technology
Brexit campaign group Leave.EU's Facebook videos have become some of the first to be removed by the social network as part of a crackdown on political "dark ads". Leave.EU failed to provide details now required by political advertisers."Their delivery was 'not approved', presumably because they didn't have a disclaimer as of today," Leave.EU spokesperson Andy Wigmore told Sky News. "All ads are now inactive."Under Facebook's new regulations, which went into force on Thursday, advertisers running political ads must provide certain details, or have their ads taken down.Advertisers must confirm their identity and location to Facebook, and say who paid for the ad, before they can be approved to run political ads.Advertisers must also prove to Facebook that they are paid for by ...