Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party will reportedly face a legal challenge on the grounds it breaches the Good Friday Agreement.
A legal team with experience making constitutional challenges is preparing a judicial review in anticipation of the controversial pact with the northern Irish party being announced, according to the Guardian.
If the challenge is lodged, high court judges would be asked to consider whether the Government would be in breach of its commitment to exercise “rigorous impartiality” as part of the Good Friday Agreement.
In subsequent agreements, the Government has cast itself as an independent arbitrator in negotiations between the local parties.
However the Government’s adherence to that position will clearly be brought into question if its control of Parliament is dependent on a deal with the DUP, endangering ongoing talks to try reach a power-sharing deal in the region.
The case, which could be brought to the Supreme Court because of its constitutional significance, follows cross-party warnings that the deal could jeopardise Northern Ireland’s peace process.