Northern Ireland protocol is lawful, court of appeal rules

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Judges in Belfast dismissed appeal by unionists and said post-Brexit trade deal does not violate Acts of Union

The Northern Ireland protocol of Brexit is not “simple or straightforward” but it is lawful, a court of appeal has ruled.

Lord chief justice Dame Siobhan Keegan, along with two other judges in the Belfast court, concluded that the protocol had not illegally trumped the Acts of Union 1800, which established Northern Ireland’s place in the UK, or elements of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which followed the peace deal that year.

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