Northern Ireland court dismisses court case over Brexit and peace process

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Johnson has said Britain must leave the European Union on October 31, whether or not it secures a deal on an orderly exit.

Rights campaigner Raymond McCord, one of three people backing the case, said he would fight the decision in an appeal that could be heard in Belfast as early as Friday and hoped to join the other challenges in the UK's highest court next week.

Lord Justice McCloskey dismissed that, and said in a written ruling: "I consider the characterisation of the subject matter of these proceedings as inherently and unmistakably political to be beyond plausible dispute".

"Within the world of politics the well-recognised phenomena of claim and counterclaim, assertion and counter-assertion, allegation and denial, blow and counter-blow, adjustment and modification of government policy, public statements, unpublished deliberations, posturing, strategy and tactics are the very essence of what is both countenanced and permitted in a democratic society", he added.

Economists and other experts say leaving the European Union without a divorce deal would be disastrous for the United Kingdom economy, and the government's own contingency planning suggests a possible shortage of certain foodstuffs and fuel, with the poorest in society being hit hardest.

On Wednesday, Johnson's government also released its "Operation Yellowhammer" Brexit planning document, under duress.

"He said to date there certainly hasn't been ". any proposal that comes close to doing what the backstop does" submitted to Brussels. "There is a risk that panic-buying will cause or exacerbate food supply disruption". He was in court on Thursday for the hearing and conveyed his disappointment to the judge.

Another victims' campaigner, Jamie Waring, brought a case. The Government is set to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court next week. "All being well we will be sitting in the Supreme Court in London next week".

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

Johnson has meanwhile denied lying to Queen Elizabeth II over the reasons for suspending parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline.

The move backfired and emboldened lawmakers to defy him in Parliament.

"I am an enthusiast for that idea, I'm going to put it out there, I think it's a good idea but again that is the kind of project that should be pursued by a dynamic Northern Ireland government championed by local people with local consent and interest, backed by local business and mobilised by the politicians in Northern Ireland", he said.

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