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To leave without agreement would create chaos and misery, court told

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Raymond McCord

By Alan Erwin

A no-deal Brexit would be "madness" and seriously imperil the Northern Ireland peace process, the High Court in Belfast heard yesterday.

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Counsel for a victims campaigner claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government are unlawfully trying to quit the EU without an agreement "at any costs".

Raymond McCord is challenging any departure on those terms, alleging that it would breach the Good Friday Agreement. Ronan Lavery QC said: "To leave without an agreement would create chaos, economic misery and a real threat to the peace process in Northern Ireland." His client's case is one of three applications for judicial review being heard in Northern Ireland.

Counsel in another of the challenges brought by a member of the public granted anonymity raised the issue of affidavit evidence dealing with claims that any asserted negotiations between Mr Johnson and Brussels are "a sham". The third challenge in Northern Ireland is being brought by Jamie Waring, who claims a no-deal Brexit would have disastrous consequences for Northern Ireland and breach provisions contained within the 2018 European Union (Withdrawal) Act.

Lord Justice McCloskey adjourned to Monday, when counsel for the Prime Minister will respond.

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