Language of document : ECLI:EU:C:2019:221



Order of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 19 March 2019 — Shindler and Others v Council

(Case C755/18 P)

(Appeal — Article 181 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice — Institutional law — Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union — Article 50 TEU — Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations with the United Kingdom with a view to concluding an agreement determining the terms of withdrawal – Loss of citizenship of the Union — Article 263, fourth para., TFEU — Whether directly concerned)

Action for annulment — Natural or legal persons — Actionable measures — Concept — Measures producing binding legal effects — Measures altering the applicant's legal situation – Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations with a Member State with a view to concluding an agreement relating to the withdrawal of that Member State from the European Union – Action brought by nationals of the Member State concerned – No binding legal effect on the applicants — Inadmissibility

(Art. 50 TEU; Art. 263, forth para., TFEU)

(see paras 30-32, 36-39)

Operative part


The appeal is dismissed as being, in part, manifestly inadmissible and, in part, manifestly unfounded.


Mr Harry Shindler, Christopher David Randolph, Douglas Edward Watson, Michael Charles Strawson and Malcolm John Carmichael Evans, Mrs Teresa Mary Pöller, Mr Nicholas Peter March, Mrs Jennifer Ann Cording and Hilary Elizabeth Walker, Mr Charles Pearson Braagaard, Mrs Victoria Anne Lemarchand, Mrs Nicola James and Mrs Anna Rosemary Carruthers are ordered to bear their own costs.