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Tuesday 23 January 2018

High Court judge rejects Northern Ireland challenges to Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre left) at the joint ministerial council meeting in Downing Street Picture: PA
British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre left) at the joint ministerial council meeting in Downing Street Picture: PA
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A judge has dismissed the UK's first legal challenge to Brexit.

Mr Justice Paul Maguire said the implications for Northern Ireland were still uncertain after Prime Minister Theresa May said she would begin exit negotiations with Europe before March.

A cross-party group of politicians had claimed the country should have a veto on an exit and said the Stormont Assembly should have a say on whether to trigger negotiations with Europe.

Raymond McCord, whose son was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries, had a separate Brexit challenge surrounding its impact on the peace process heard alongside that of the politicians at the High Court in Belfast.

Mr Justice Maguire said: "While the wind of change may be about to blow, the precise direction in which it will blow cannot yet be determined so there is a level of uncertainty, as evidenced by the discussion about how the Northern Ireland land border with Ireland was affected by withdrawal from the EU."

He added: "In respect of all issues, the court dismissed the applications."

Responding to the court case in the North, a UK Government spokesperson said it would await the outcome of the parallel cases in England and Wales, “before setting out our next steps”.

Press Association

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