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Brexit Opponents Abandon ‘Escape Clause’ Case in Irish Courts

  • Lawyer says concerned about timing, costs of potential case
  • Maugham had wanted the case referred to EU Court of Justice
The city centre and the River Liffey is viewed across Dublin's skyline, in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2005. Ireland is suffering the worst economic collapse of any developed nation since the Great Depression, according to the Economic & Social Research Institute in Dublin.
Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg

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A lawyer and a trio of Green party politicians abandoned an Irish lawsuit seeking to give the U.K. a last-minute Brexit escape clause if public sympathy turned against leaving the European Union during two years of negotiations.