Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay says Government will not revoke Article 50 as he insists it would 'make a mockery of the process' to leave the EU

Jacob Jarvis

The Brexit Secretary has said the Government will not be reversing Article 50 as it would "make a mockery" of the two-year negotiation process.

Stephen Barclay, who recently replaced Dominic Raab in the role, told the House of Commons the Government had no plans to revoke Article 50.

This came after the European Court of Justice announced it would rule on December 10 whether Britain could stop the process unilaterally by doing so.

Mr Barclay was asked by SNP politician Joanna Cherry, who has been part of the legal action to determine if Article 50 can be reversed, whether he would be addressing the chamber following the decision.

Stephen Barclay reiterated Theresa May's stance that it will not be revoked (AFP/Getty Images)

Mr Barclay said: "In terms of the court case, obviously I can't prejudge a court case, but the position of her Majesty's Government is very clear, we won't be revoking Article 50.

"If you look at the reason for that, the Commission has a very similar view, which is because if someone could revoke in essence they could go to the last day of a judgement and then revoke and retrigger the process.

"That would make a mockery of the two-year period of Article 50 and that is why we don't think that is the right position."

Earlier this week, an ECJ Advocate General issued a legal opinion that the UK is able to unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU.

Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona rejected the idea that Article 50 only allows the possibility of revocation with a unanimous decision of the European Council.

As questions over Brexit continue in the Commons, Stephen Barclay also said the Government will be ready for a no deal Brexit as of March 2019 should Mrs May's deal not pass.

The court ruling will come on December 10 (EPA)

"Yes we will be ready," said Mr Barclay.

"But let's not also lose sight of the fact that it will also be very challenging.

"Yes we will be ready but significant work will be required."

Mrs May has also been steadfast in her stance that Britain would be exiting the European Union under her Government.

"I'm clear that we will leave the European Union, we've got a good deal for leaving the European Union," said Mrs May on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

However, she also stated ahead with her vote MPs faced three options - her deal, no-deal or no Brexit.