Northern Ireland’s Attorney General has determined that the Good Friday Agreement cannot be used to force the UK to remain inside the European Union as the peace deal is not dependent on Britain’s membership of the bloc.
John Larkin QC dashed the hopes of British Europhiles hoping to use Ireland and its constitutional situation to sabotage the democratic will of the British people after he made the legal submission at an ongoing legal challenge against the upcoming no-deal Brexit.
In the Belfast Agreement, more commonly known as the Good Friday Agreement, Mr. Larkin said the EU is only mentioned once in the preamble in a sentence that refers to Ireland and the UK as “friendly neighbours and as partners in the European Union”.
Mr Larkin also argued domestic UK law could not prevent a no-deal because provision for exiting the EU without an agreement was enshrined in Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty, which took primacy.
As the UK will still be a member of the EU at the end of the deadline on October 31 st , EU law will take primacy over British law, including the legislation recently passed making a no-deal Brexit illegal.
This means Prime Minister Boris Johnson can actually use the EU’s own rules, as stipulated in the Lisbon treaty to legally break with the block without a bi-lateral deal.
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