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UK: Case against no-deal Brexit dismissed by Northern Irish court

United Kingdom, Belfast
September 12, 2019 at 15:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

High Court in Belfast dismissed a case which claimed that a no-deal Brexit scenario would cause damage to the Northern Irish peace process, on Thursday.

The judge ruled that this was a matter of politics and therefore not an issue in which the judiciary would intervene.

Three cases were brought before the Northern Irish court, one from prominent victims' campaigner, Raymond McCord, whose son was killed in 1997 by loyalist paramilitaries.

"In relation to prorogation, we say that we need to advance Mr. McCord's case because there is a unique Northern Irish dynamic to Mr. McCord's case and if the case does not proceed to the Supreme Court along with the others, the Supreme Court will simply not know what the position is in Northern Ireland,'' stressed McCord's lawyer Ciaran O'Hare.

The ruling followed similar cases in England and Scotland, although Northern Ireland's cases did not explicitly discuss prorogation, unlike the others. The English judges came to the same conclusion as the Northern Irish, whereas the Scottish court deemed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Parliament prorogation move as unlawful.

The cases will be taken to the Supreme Court next week.

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High Court in Belfast dismissed a case which claimed that a no-deal Brexit scenario would cause damage to the Northern Irish peace process, on Thursday.

The judge ruled that this was a matter of politics and therefore not an issue in which the judiciary would intervene.

Three cases were brought before the Northern Irish court, one from prominent victims' campaigner, Raymond McCord, whose son was killed in 1997 by loyalist paramilitaries.

"In relation to prorogation, we say that we need to advance Mr. McCord's case because there is a unique Northern Irish dynamic to Mr. McCord's case and if the case does not proceed to the Supreme Court along with the others, the Supreme Court will simply not know what the position is in Northern Ireland,'' stressed McCord's lawyer Ciaran O'Hare.

The ruling followed similar cases in England and Scotland, although Northern Ireland's cases did not explicitly discuss prorogation, unlike the others. The English judges came to the same conclusion as the Northern Irish, whereas the Scottish court deemed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Parliament prorogation move as unlawful.

The cases will be taken to the Supreme Court next week.

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