Alliance, Sinn Fein and SDLP in legal Brexit challenge

The UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016
The UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016

A firm of solicitors has announced on Friday afternoon that a number of politicians are attempting to challenge the UK’s exit from the EU.

The leaders of the Alliance Party, Green Party in Northern Ireland, SDLP, and Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd, are all part of the legal action, being taken by lawyers Jones Cassidy Brett.

The firm said that papers have been lodged today in the High Court in Belfast, seeking leave to apply for a judicial review centring on the triggering of Article 50 – the rule which would allow the UK to officially leave the EU.

Such a review, if granted, would mean judges would pore over the legality of Article 50 being triggered.

The firm said whilst there are other challenges now being taken in London, it is thought these do not “deal with the unique requirements of Northern Ireland” – in particular the statutory recognition of the Good Friday Agreement.

It comes after Troubles victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord launched his own action this month.