Northern Ireland 'could exercise' veto over Brexit, Belfast court hears

The court heard that the Northern Irish people have "control over constitutional change"

Northern Ireland 'could exercise' veto over Brexit, Belfast court hears

A general view of Belfast High Court. Image: Paul Faith / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lawyers representing a group of people against Brexit say Northern Ireland could veto withdrawing from the EU.

A cross-community group of politicians and victims campaigners is challenging British prime minister's Theresa May's ability to trigger Article 50 negotiations on an exit at the High Court in Belfast.

A solicitor at the High Court in Belfast today said it cannot be imposed upon people in the North.

Ronan Lavery QC, quoted by The Guardian, said: “Sovereignty over constitutional affairs has been ceded [by the UK]. It is not the relationship, as it might once have been, between a dominant partner and a submissive partner.

“The people of Northern Ireland have control over constitutional change - it cannot be imposed upon the people of Northern Ireland. If that means that Northern Ireland could exercise a veto over withdrawal then I am [asserting] that is what Britain signed up to when it signed the Good Friday agreement.”

Sinn Féin's John O'Dowd is supporting the legal action.

He suggested that the referendum would have a "huge impact" on the Good Friday Agreement.