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Group drops Brexit bid in Irish court

By Brian Hutton

Northern Ireland's Green Party leader, a lawyer and two other politicians have dropped their legal challenge in the Republic on whether Brexit is permanent.

Papers were lodged in the High Court in Dublin earlier this year in a bid to seek a ruling from the European Court of Justice. But Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, said the length of time the challenge will take and the costs involved have forced them to ditch it.

Some £70,000 raised through crowd-funding for the case will be spent on legal fees already incurred with whatever is left over going to other Brexit challenges or charity, he said.

The other plaintiffs were Steven Agnew MLA, leader of the Greens in NI; Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and Keith Taylor, a Green MEP in England.

They had hoped the case would establish that the Article 50 trigger to start Brexit talks, which Prime Minister Theresa May activated in March, can be revoked.

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