If 2017 brought optimism for the EU, 2018 has proved a year of tougher challenges and choices. It was a time of slower growth, a bumpy road towards Brexit, turbulence in Transatlantic ties, renewed tensions over migration, and limited progress in overhauling the euro- zone.
The European Commission has today decided not to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘EU wide referendum whether the European Citizens want the United Kingdom to remain or to leave!’.
Today, a group of Scottish politicians, including Greens/EFA (SNP) Member Alyn Smith, will bring a case to the European Court of Justice on the question as to whether or not Article 50 can be withdrawn once the process of a Member State leaving the EU has started. The hearing will be the first in front of the ECJ, following the cases referral from the Scottish Court of Session and the UK’s Supreme Court. It is expected that the court will rule on the case before the end of the year.