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Article 49: What is it and how can it reverse Brexit after the UK leaves the EU? | The Independent

On Wednesday European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament that if Britain leaves the EU, it would still be welcome to re-join under Article 49 of the Treaty of the European Union.

This comes a day after Mr Juncker and Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said that Britain would still be welcome to reverse Brexit now if it chose to do so.

What is Article 49?

In Britain, Article 50 – which allows a state to leave the EU – is the far more famous cousin of Article 49. Article 50 spells out the process by which a state leaves.

Article 49, by contrast, is the opposite: it spells out how countries may join the EU. In other words, it is the normal way for a country that isn’t in the EU to join the bloc, and spells out the conditions under which it might do so.

So can Britain trigger Article 49 to reverse Brexit?

Not unilaterally – once Britain has left, it is no longer a party to the Treaty of the European Union and cannot “invoke” the clause in the same way Article 50 was triggered.

Rather, the clause simply sets how existing members of the EU may admit a new member to join.

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