A YOUNG girl is to move to Ireland with her mother – against her express wishes to stay in the UK – after judges ruled the move was in "her best interests".
The 10-year-old girl at the centre of the 'tug of love' case has insisted she does not want to leave her home in England.
The girl's mother, who lives in west London, has been her primary carer since she and her husband split several years ago. The mother was given permission to relocate to Ireland in August.
A judge said the move would enable her to give her daughter a more secure future.
However, the girl has said she wanted to continue living with her mother but does not want to leave the UK.
Her father took his case to the Court of Appeal in London to try to keep his daughter with him in England. He argued her "wishes and feelings" had been ignored. But the court dismissed the father's appeal.
The judge said he had taken the girl's views into account.
"She is relatively young and cannot comprehend the complexities with which her mother must wrestle. She does not understand that her current way of life is not sustainable," the judge ruled.