Raymond McCord outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The High Court in Belfast has rejected an application that it would be unlawful for the British government to leave the European Union without a deal.(...)

Raymond McCord: alleges that a no-deal Brexit will plunge Northern Ireland into chaos, economic misery and threaten the peace process. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Peace agreements in Northern Ireland are not dependent on the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union, the North’s attorney general has said. (...)

 Emma Rogan, daughter of murdered man Adrian Rogan, speaks on behalf of  Loughinisland massacre relatives at Belfast High Court this month. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The families of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre and nationalist politicians have welcomed a judge’s decision to excuse himself from a case (...)

The six men killed in O’Toole’s Bar in Loughinisland, Co Down, in 1994: (Top) Adrian Rogan (34), Barney Green (87), Don McCreanor (59); (bottom) Eamonn Byrne (39), Patsy O’Hare (34) and Malcolm Jenkinson (53).

Next Friday morning, a group, mostly men, mostly late middle-aged, hope and expect to hear a ruling from Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey in the Royal Cou(...)