Updated: 28/10/16 : 08:20:56
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High Court dismisses North's challenge to Brexit

A judge is to rule on the UK's first court challenge to Brexit later.

A case at Belfast High Court opposing British Prime Minister Theresa May's ability to trigger Brexit negotiations by next March was taken by a cross-community group of politicians and human rights campaigners.

They want to establish that devolved decision-makers at the Stormont Assembly can veto Brexit, assert rights to consultation over whether to launch talks with Europe and protect peace process guarantees enshrined in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which largely ended republican and loyalist violence.


The 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 British 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."