Northern Ireland court dismisses court case over Brexit and peace process

Johnson considering building bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

"Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national", he said.

The Northern Ireland cases centred on the argument that a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would undermine the Good Friday Agreement involving the United Kingdom and Irish governments.

Speaking a day after Britain's Brexit negotiator David Frost held a third round of European Union talks in two weeks, both Coveney and Sassoli said the United Kingdom had so far presented no feasible, legally sound and detailed plan to replace the backstop.

The judge did not deal directly with prorogation since he said it had been been the "centrepiece" of the English and Scottish cases.

Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey delivered his ruling this morning on three joined cases against British prime minister Boris Johnson's handling of the UK's European Union exit.

Unlike Brexit-related challenges against the government heard in England and Scotland, the Northern Ireland cases can not leapfrog straight to the Supreme Court following the High Court judgment.

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

The trio of challenges, which were heard together, focused on various aspects of a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

Raymond McCord outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Lawyers in the case were told to return to the court with a decision at 12pm.

"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.

A separate legal challenge to the suspension, brought by British campaigner Gina Miller, will also be heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The Appeal Court judges will sit again at 1pm on Thursday to consider the matter.

But the Northern Ireland case will not automatically leapfrog other cases to the Supreme Court.

Outside court after the High Court judgment was handed down, Mr McCord expressed his disappointment.

"I am not a political person, I have no interest in political parties here because they have failed the victims here". He now intends to push forward with the issue at the Belfast Appeal Court, which means it could be heard at the Supreme Court next week.

"The UK presented ideas in the areas of customs and manufactured goods and we had further exchanges on the political declaration". "All being well, we will be sitting in the Supreme Court in London next week".

"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.

The prime minister past year threw his weight behind proposals for a £15bn link between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, with sources close to the then-foreign secretary saying it was "the kind of ambitious project we need to make a success of Global Britain".

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