Northern Ireland’s High Court is to begin hearing a legal challenge on Tuesday against British plans to leave the European Union without a vote in the Westminster parliament.
The case is being brought by a cross-party group of politicians, including members of the province’s two largest Irish nationalist parties, who argue a vote in the Northern Ireland regional assembly should also be required.
The British government has said its legal advice is that triggering Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty, the formal process to start a two-year countdown to an exit, can be invoked under the royal prerogative, which does not require parliamentary approval.
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