According to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Britain can reverse Article 50 after triggering it if the country decides it still wants to say to Europe, “we love you”.
Xavier Bettel said it could be that during the Brexit “procedure of divorce”, the UK is able to decide it is not able to go through with the split.
Mr Bettel was answering the questions of reporters and he said he still felt that the June referendum in the UK was launched for political reasons and had been a mistake.
Asked whether Article 50 was reversible, he said: “We are waiting for Article 50, I won’t do speculation, but it’s a procedure of divorce … now they ask for the divorce, we wait for the letter to confirm that they want a divorce, then we start the procedure of divorce.
“Maybe during the procedure of divorce they will say ‘we love you that much that we are not able to conclude that divorce’.”
Most probably Ms May is expected to trigger Article 50 in the next few weeks, starting a two-year countdown during which a deal must be struck to set future relations with the EU.
Ex Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major called it “worst possible outcome” and if no agreement can be reached then the country would still drop out of the bloc, but without any future trading arrangements in place – something Ms May has threatened she is not afraid of.
It was clear that Downing Street repeatedly said that Article 50 will not be reversed, while many Conservatives claim it is irreversible.
But the author of Article 50 has already ridiculed claims that the treaty clause cannot be stopped once it has been invoked.