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Post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol is legal, says Belfast appeals court

Europe Materials 15 March 2022 04:21
Post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol is legal, says Belfast appeals court

A court of appeal in Belfast has ruled that the Northern Ireland Protocol for post-Brexit customs controls is legal, Trend reports citing Euronews.

Judges concluded that the deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union was “simple or straightforward”.

The verdict is a blow to unionists in Northern Ireland who see the protocol as a threat to their place in the UK, as it keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market and customs union.

They had argued that the text had illegally overwritten parts of the Acts of Union 1800 and the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which established peace after three decades of bloody conflict.

But Justice Siobhan Keegan rejected both claims, ruling that the UK government had acted lawfully and that the protocol was consistent with UK and EU laws.

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