Northern Irish court dismisses no-deal Brexit challenge

Officials studying Boris Johnson's plan for Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge

The challenges contended that a no deal Brexit on October 31 would undermine agreements involving the United Kingdom and Irish governments that were struck during the peace process and which underpin cross-border co-operation between the two nations.

But Scotland's highest civil court ruled Wednesday that the shutdown was illegal "because it had the goal of stymieing Parliament".

Last week, the High Court in London said the decision was inherently political and "not a matter for the courts".

A judge delivered his ruling at Belfast's High Court on Thursday morning on three joined cases against Boris Johnson's handling of Brexit.

"We are seeking to appeal, we will be back before our court of appeal today and we do hope to be before the [United Kingdom] Supreme Court next week", said lawyer Ciaran O'Hare.

The court heard arguments that a no-deal would have a negative effect on the peace process and endanger the Good Friday Agreement.

He said he is still in talks with the European Union about "minimal checks possible" after a no-deal; but the timeline for implementation would clearly spill beyond the exit date of 31 October.

In better news for the embattled British leader, a Belfast court rejected claims that hisBrexit strategy will harm Northern Ireland's peace process.

The rights campaigner will appeal the dismissal of his case, his lawyer said.

"The reliance of medicines and medical products' supply chains on the shore straits crossing make them particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays; three-quarters of medicines come via the short straits", the report says.

Lord Justice McCloskey had decided not to consider the prorogation issue when hearing the Northern Ireland cases, because the matter was already being ventilated in the Scottish and English cases.

The U.K. Supreme Court is set to consider next week whether the shutdown should be reversed, after conflicting rulings in lower courts. He was in court on Thursday for the hearing and conveyed his disappointment to the judge. This isn't for somebody who votes unionist or nationalist, this is for the benefit of all the people and I am confident this will be brought forward to the Court of Appeal.

There is now uncertainty whether the Northern Ireland challenge can be heard in the Supreme Court next week.

"We have three judges sitting there and there's no politics in their mindset".

"These are groundbreaking legal cases and the plan is for all of these cases to meet in the Supreme Court", O'Hare added.

"We will respond positively if there are suggestions and new approaches that are based on realism in terms of what will actually work", he added.

MPs had voted down the backstop and withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May, which would have kept all of the United Kingdom in a "temporary customs territory" with the European Union and would have seen Northern Ireland also continuing to follow other European Union rules.



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