Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.35 12 Sep 2019


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A legal challenge in Belfast High Court that argued the Government's Brexit strategy will damage the Northern Ireland peace process has been dismissed.

Victim's campaigner Raymond McCord - whose son was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1997 - launched the challenge.

The decision is expected to be appealed.

It follows separate challenges in London and Edinburgh against the suspension of the British parliament.

Yesterday, Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Boris Johnson's prorogation of parliament is unlawful.

In a unanimous decision, the Inner House - which is the supreme civil court in Scotland - reversed a lower court's ruling.

The British government is appealing the decision.

The High Court in London last week dismissed a legal challenge against Boris Johnson's planned suspension of parliament.

Campaigner Gina Miller brought the case, and was later joined by former British prime minister John Major in the action.

They also immediately pledged to appeal.

A hearing is now scheduled for the UK's Supreme Court on September 17th.

Nine judges will preside over the hearing, which is expected to last three days.

Boris Johnson has insisted the suspension is to allow for a routine Queen's Speech to lay out his government's legislative agenda.

Speaking today, he said: "The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide."

Main image: Raymond McCord outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Picture by: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

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