On Friday 28 October 2016 the High Court of Northern Ireland dismissed two judicial review challenges to the Brexit process.

The claimants claimed that it should be lawmakers, not the UK Government, who trigger Article 50 and formally begin the process for leaving the EU. Irish nationalist parties oppose Brexit, saying it could undermine the 1998 Good Friday peace deal, reinstate a hard border with the Republic of Ireland and cut EU cross-community funding.

However Mr Justice Paul Maguire dismissed the two claims, and held that the decision was beyond the power of his court to intervene. He ruled that there was nothing in the 1998 peace deal that prevented the UK Government triggering Article 50.

The press statement published by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals services can be found here.