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Monday 22 May 2017

UK barrister to bring Article 50 clarification case to Irish High Court

Theresa May Photo: PA
Theresa May Photo: PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A British lawyer is launching a fundraising campaign in a bid to bring the issue of Article 50 to the Irish courts.

Jolyon Maugham QC is hoping the legal challenge to Brexit will be referred from the Irish High Court to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The aim of the case is to establish whether or not Article 50 can be reversed once it is triggered to be adjudicated upon by the ECJ.

The 'Remain' campaigner has already signed up with Irish senior counsel Joseph Dalby SC for the proceedings, RTE reports.

Mr Maugham said the legal challenge will cost around £70,000stg (€83,000) and launched a crowdfunding campaign on Friday night.

He said he expected the the litigants in the case to include a number of British MEPs and possibly a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

And he said he believes the judges in the High Court in Ireland will refer the legal questions to judges at a European level.

The move is set to cause angst for the Irish Government who will be trying to negotiate a smooth Brexit landing for Ireland with the UK.

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