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North Ireland politicians win right to challenge Brexit based on Good Friday Agreement

Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 11:29 UTC
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A cross party group of politicians in Northern Ireland have won the right to mount a legal challenge over Brexit. They argue the Good Friday Agreement and peace process means there must be a Parliamentary vote if Northern Ireland is to leave the EU. Read full article


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  • Idlehands

    I agree. Britain also needs to vote on whether we want Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK. My guess we'd bin them at the drop of a hat.

    If you're the scrawniest, sickly, flea infested dog in the pit, don't bite the only hand that feeds you.

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @1 Idlehands

    I consider your comments to be a racist slur on the people of Ulster! Shame!

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    You bloody scrawny sick, flea infested Catlick Paddy Jock dogs...
    Don't bite the Engrish hand that feeds you...
    Go after their bollocks...

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 02:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    “racist slur” - the good people of Northern Ireland are not a race.

    NB Northern Ireland is not Ulster. Northern Ireland is six counties, Ulster is nine.

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 02:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    This case will fail, it's just for show. The biggest party the DUP were pro-Brexit. The Northern Irish will be least affected by Brexit sinc they can claim Irish citizenship as well as UK citizenship and so will still have free movement regardless. Oh and the most recent poll (after the Brexit vote) has remaining in the UK still 3:1 ahead of those who want a United Ireland.

    @1,2&4 Northern Ireland is more peaceful and at peace with itself and with its neighbours than it has been for centuries. So, sorry if that disappoints you.

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Shades of Nicola here, the fact is the PM/Gov/Parliament have the consent of the people of the UK, in Parliament’s case, also a mandate to Govern for the next four years.

    If N.I. wishes to opt out of the UK, that is one thing, however there are no veto’s within the UK. The tail cannot wag the rest of the dog.

    Looking at who’s doing this, probably very similar reasoning to Nicola’s behind it.

    @ 5 Redrow
    Probably more support for an independent N.I., than a united Ireland.

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 03:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “The group, including Alliance leader David Ford, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd and Steven Agnew, leader of the Green Party,”

    So are these trying to pull a stunt to get more 'compo' out of the central government for 'the victims'?

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 05:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    I reckon rUK would be happy to see a United Ireland... there any English out there that wouldn't...?
    Nothing but trouble...

    Sep 29th, 2016 - 01:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    A Free Wales...
    An United Ireland...
    An independent Scotland...
    An isolated, bollockless rUK...
    And an Engrish free South Atlantic...


    Sep 29th, 2016 - 09:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    It may be ironic to see a N.Ireland filled with new Irish passport holders.
    A place unwanted by the English, but which can't be gotten rid of.
    And which costs London 8+ billion per year, rather than net a benefit.

    The plan started as:
    Take Ireland, make British, receive benefits of colony.

    The plan is looking to end up as:
    Remaining bit is costing us 8 billion a year and is full of Irish citizens and republicans, only now ...we can't get rid of it if we tried.

    Sep 29th, 2016 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) Mr. Vestige

    I didn't know that N. Ireland costs London +8 billion £ a year...!

    Them scrawny, flea infested Paddy dogs got them bloody Engrish at the bollocks already...


    Sep 29th, 2016 - 03:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @ 9 Think
    Under our system they are all free to choose their own futures, including the British peoples of the S. Atlantic.

    Which is the bit that sticks in your throat obviously.

    Spanners your dreams of an empire there.

    Never mind, disappointment is part of life’s rich tapestry, especially when you’re Argy it would seem.

    @ 10 Vestige
    The Brits did receive the benefits when Ireland was a colony.

    For how many hundred years was it?

    However benefits are now are not only measured in money terms.

    You see, the rest of the world has moved on since the good old days

    Sep 29th, 2016 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Christ sake,
    The UK voted out, Brexit will become a reality,

    these remainders are being proved every day, they were wrong,
    the EU will go forth and its puppies will follow.

    Sep 29th, 2016 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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