'No-deal' Brexit challenge dismissed in Belfast court, fight continues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the FG think-in yesterday

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which supports Johnson's minority government in parliament, believes a bridge could help to solve the Brexit crisis by removing the need for a sea border between the two islands.

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on October 31, with Mr Johnson adamant that the current deadline is set in stone, regardless of whether an agreement is reached.

Mr Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament has been met with widespread criticism, with Scotland's highest civil court now ruling the suspension unlawful.

A no-deal Brexit would be a failure that both the British and Irish governments would be responsible for, Boris Johnson has said.

The risks appeared to include "munitions in the Irish Sea" from World War II, the documents said.

Brussels and Dublin see the proposal as a step in the right direction - and the DUP's Arlene Foster gave the Prime Minister's plans a warm reception.

McCord said Northern Ireland should also be present at the Supreme Court and Belfast's Court of Appeal agreed to hear brief arguments on the prorogation on Friday, with a hearing on the wider no-deal case challenge due on Monday.

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The EU saw a possible opening in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments - signalling that he was willing to preserve an all-Ireland economy for checks on animals and food products, a single electricity market and travel zone.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told schoolchildren that it "would be very good" to build a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland for 15 billion pounds ($18.5 billion), media reported Thursday.

Asked about the absence to date of written proposals from the United Kingdom, on alternatives to the Northern Ireland-only backstop, Mr Coveney told journalists: "If you look at the evidence, rather than the language used, it's easy to be sceptical".

This backstop agreement was meant to remove the need for checks on trade with the rest of Ireland.

A new law, which was given Royal Assent on Monday, has effectively blocked Mr Johnson's ability to crash out of the European Union without a deal on October 31.

After then-Prime Minister Theresa May failed to come up with an acceptable plan to leave the bloc by March 29 of this year, the deadline was moved to October 31.

The Prime Minister's calls for a snap general election has now also been rejected by Parliament twice.

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