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The UK can unilaterally abandon the article 50 process, a senior adviser to the European court of justice (ECJ) has said, in a significant boost to anti-Brexit campaigners.

Campos Sánchez-Bordona, the court’s advocate general, said he believed EU law allowed a country to revoke article 50 – the provision of the Lisbon treaty invoked by the UK to give two years notice that it intended to leave the union – without requiring the formal agreement of the European commission or other EU member states.

A French flag floats as fire is burning during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs in Paris

Anti-government protesters torched dozens of cars and set fire to storefronts during daylong clashes with riot police across central Paris, as thousands took part in fresh “yellow vest” protests against high fuel taxes.

Then-President George H.W. Bush holds a news conference at the White House. George Bush Snr has died, aged 94, according to his son George W. Bush

Former US President George H.W Bush has died aged 94, his son George W Bush announced, following a long battle with a form or Parkinson’s disease.

In a statement Mr Bush’s son revealed his father’s passing today.