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Belfast court says no-deal Brexit in line with Good Friday Agreement

A Belfast court ruled that a no-deal Brexit would not contravene the provisions of the Good Friday agreement, media reported on Thursday.

The three challenges brought contended that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 would undermine agreements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland struck during the Northern Irish peace process and destabilize cross-border cooperation between the pair. The Belfast High Court rejected the arguments, stating that the proceedings were "inherently and unmistakably political" and beyond the realm of politics. It also held that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's prorogation of Parliament was lawful, contradicting a ruling by its Scottish counterpart on Wednesday.

In addition, any appeals against the ruling would first have to be heard by the Court of Appeal in Belfast before making their way to the Supreme Court. However, judges signaled that they were willing to sit over the weekend to fast-track a potential hearing so that any appeals to the Supreme Court could be heard together with the English and Scottish cases, which the UK's highest court is currently scheduled to hear on Tuesday.

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