Brexit: government will introduce article 50 bill ‘within days’ following supreme court ruling – live

Rolling coverage of the supreme court Brexit article 50 judgment, with reaction and analysis

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The centrist cross-community Alliance party is warning that the supreme court’s decision to deny the Northern Ireland assembly a vote on Brexit could have implications for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – the cornerstone of the devolved power sharing settlement in the region

Alliance’s Dr Stephen Farry also called for special status for Northern Ireland given its dependancy on the EU, cross-border trade with the Irish Republic and the fact that the province voted in favour of Remain. Dr Farry said:

The government has been arguing the Good Friday agreement is not affected by Brexit. Even if this is accepted, the point only applies in the most literal sense. In practical terms, the terms of the agreement are given effect by the EU – people here can live, work and trade on both a north-south and east-west basis without meaningful impediment. The EU, including both the single market and the customs union, are much greater enablers of this than the much narrower common travel area.

Northern Ireland is a place apart with some particular features, including an integrated all-island economy, the right of people to have Irish and therefore European citizenship, and the land border. The case for some form of special status is overwhelming.

The Irish government has welcomed the supreme court ruling. The foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan said: “This provides welcome certainty for the beginning of the negotiations between the UK and the EU.”

The economic consequences for Ireland are profound. Last week the department of finance said a hard Brexit could see exports to the UK drop 30%.

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