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20.—(1) A tender participant may withdraw from a tender exercise at any time and with immediate effect by giving notice in writing of that fact to the competent authority.
(2) A tender participant (“Participant A”) who withdraws from a tender exercise may only be re-admitted to that tender exercise in accordance with paragraphs (3) or (4).
(3) Participant A may be re-admitted to the tender exercise where, after the withdrawal of Participant A, the tender exercise is cancelled and re-run from—
(a)the beginning; or
(b)the beginning of a particular stage in accordance with regulation 21(3)(a), where Participant A participated in the equivalent stage of the cancelled tender exercise.
(4) Subject to paragraph (5), Participant A may be re-admitted to the tender exercise as a result of a change to the membership of a bidder group in accordance with regulation 22 which results in the incorporation of Participant A in that bidder group.
(5) Paragraph (4) does not apply where Participant A is a selected qualifying bidder, preferred applicant, reserve applicant or successful applicant.
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