Attempt to block Brexit in NI courts is rejected

A judge has dismissed the UK's first legal challenges to Brexit.

Friday, 28th October 2016, 10:57 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 9:55 am
Raymond McCord

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.

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Ex-Sinn Fein education minister John O'Dowd pictured at court on October 4, 2016. He was one of those challenging the current push towards Brexit.

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.”

Ex-Sinn Fein education minister John O'Dowd pictured at court on October 4, 2016. He was one of those challenging the current push towards Brexit.