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High Court rules Northern Ireland can't veto Brexit

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>> Northern Ireland can't block Brexit, that's the ruling from the country's high court. The judge rejecting the argument that the regional parliament should get its own vote on whether the UK can leave the EU. Reuters' Conor Humphries was in court for the judgement.>> The judge rejected the proposition that there should be a vote in Northern Ireland's parliament.
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It said it was not a devolved issue and it was up to the British government to make this decision.>> Some worry Brexit could undermine the 1998 peace deal, and lead to borders being reintroduced with the Republic of Ireland. But the judge was adamant, Northern Ireland, which largely voted to remain, should not overrule the 52% of the UK which voted to leave.
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But the decision doesn't end the debate.>> We are obviously very disappointed but
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]>> The losing side is expected to appeal and a similar challenge in London is still waiting on a ruling. Campaigners there argue that Brexit can't be triggered without the explicit support of the UK parliament.
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>> The judge sent the question of whether Theresa May can trigger Article 50 back to the London court. Some people though are reading the fact that a British court is defending the right of the British government to make such a decision. As a sign that maybe the London court might side with the government.
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>> The British government has welcomed Friday's ruling but will be closely watching the London hearing expected next week.