Brexit Challenge Filed by Northern Ireland Assembly Members

  • Lawsuit is one of a handful to emerge since Brexit referendum
  • Claim differs from London lawsuits, lawyers for members say

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of the U.K.’s plan to leave the European Union, creating another legal hurdle to the proposed exit.

Steven Agnew, Colum Eastwood, David Ford and John O’Dowd were among members that filed the suit Friday, according to a statement from their lawyers Jones Cassidy Brett. The Department for Exiting the European Union didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment.

The claim is one of a handful of suits seeking to challenge the manner in which Prime Minister Theresa May intends to navigate Britain’s exit from the EU. England residents Gina Miller, who runs an investment start-up, and hairdresser Deir Dos Santos, have brought a separate suit seeking a ruling forcing May to consult parliament before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which begins a two-year countdown to Brexit.

“This claim differs from other actions being taken in relation to the triggering of Article 50," Jones Cassidy Brett said in the statement. "The actions in London do not, it is understood, deal with the unique requirements of Northern Ireland constitutional law and statute."

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