Impact of Stormont Suspension on Brexit

Impact of Stormont Suspension on Brexit

Belfast Solicitor Paul Farrell speaking to Reuters, and widely reported on websites such as the Daily Mail, has described how the suspension of the Stormont Assembly could impact the Brexit negotiations. Solicitor Advocate Paul Farrell explained that  "in the current circumstances, where there is a potential suspension of the institutions, the approval of the devolved institutions would not be possible".  McIvor Farrell are solicitors on the case taken by Raymond McCord to the UK Supreme Court over the Brexit decision and the constitutional status of Northern Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement. The Northern Ireland Assembly could be suspended following…
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Skeleton Argument in relation to our Supreme Court Brexit Challenge

Skeleton Argument in relation to our Supreme Court Brexit Challenge

Application to the Supreme Court by Raymond McCord for Judicial Review: Full Document Here Excerpt: Raymond McCord comes before the Supreme Court by way of a reference on a ‘devolution issue’ made pursuant to paragraph 9 of Schedule 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 [Northern Ireland (‘NI’) bundle – N-3] by the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland with the consent of the parties on 18 November 2016. This is the Applicant’s case in support of answering the referred question in the affirmative. Does the triggering of Article 50 Treaty of European Union (‘TEU’) by the exercise of the…
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High Court Judgement in London on Brexit

High Court Judgement in London on Brexit

We welcome today’s decision in respect of the cases before the Divisional court of England Wales. We are of the view that this is a significant decision, which will no doubt have systemic ramifications. We are currently examining the written judgment and at this stage we believe that it is supportive of our case. Mr McCord’s case is next listed before Belfast High Court on Tuesday 8 November 2016. We understand that the Government’s statement in respect of today’s High Court decision will be announced on Monday. Commons leader David Lidington says the government will make a statement to MPs…
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High Court Decision on Brexit Case

High Court Decision on Brexit Case

Mr McCord’s case is that the British Government ceded some of its sovereignty to Northern Ireland through the enactment of the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Act. Moreover, it is pleaded that the people of Northern Ireland are sovereign in relation to Constitutional change and only through the mandate of the people of Northern Ireland can Constitutional change come about. Senator George Mitchell, who managed the Good Friday Agreement negotiations, when recently asked if Brexit was a breach of the Good Friday Agreement, said that the deal; "plainly contemplates the possibility of a vote under certain circumstances that change…
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Brexit Judgement Due

Brexit Judgement Due

Mr McCord’s case and that of the cross-party group of politicians are listed for judgment tomorrow at Belfast High court at 10am. This is highly significant as judgment will be handed down in Northern Ireland before London. Therefore, there can be no doubt that the world’s focus will be on Belfast High Court tomorrow morning. Mr McCord’s case is that there can be no Brexit for Northern Ireland as the people of Northern Ireland are sovereign in respect of Constitutional change and this is based on the text of the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Ireland Act. Thus far,…
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Brexit case lawyer encouraged by London proceedings

Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell Solicitors travelled to London alongside barrister Conan Fegan BL in order to perform a watching brief at the English challenges to the Brexit process. Mr O’Hare explained: “The reason why these cases may proceed to the Supreme Court is that they involve constitutional legal issues of huge importance.” In proceedings in London, Lord Pannick QC, on behalf of Gina Miller, has argued only Parliament has the power to invoke Article 50 and initiate the UK’s exit from the EU, rather than the Prime Minister. The proceedings are concluding today. [Source: Irish Legal News]
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Northern Ireland Legal challenge against Brexit

Victims campaigner Raymond McCord has launched the first legal challenge in Northern Ireland to the UK leaving the European Union. Mr McCord, whose son Raymond Jr was murdered by the UVF in north Belfast in 1997, is believed to be the first person in Northern Ireland to issue proceedings over Brexit. He is taking the case amid concerns that European peace money which goes towards victims of the Troubles may be discontinued. The challenge centres on the Government’s response to the June 23 referendum result. Speaking about the case McIvor Farrell Solicitor Ciaran O'Hare stated the case is: "an important…
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