Ruth Keating: Rigorous Impartiality and a Coalition of Chaos

UK Constitutional Law Association

“What a fool I was. I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in the political game that was to get the Conservative Party into power.”

Edward Carson, leader of the Ulster Unionists during the Home Rule crisis, 1921

Amongst Theresa May’s list of growing concerns is a potential landmark legal challenge to her deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (“DUP”). A Green party politician who stood for the general election in West Tyrone, Ciaran McClean, alleges that Theresa May’s deal is unlawful as it breaches the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Mr McClean’s solicitor, David Greene, also acted for Deir Dos Santos in Miller and Dos Santos v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 (“Miller”).

The letter sent on behalf of Mr McClean states that any agreement between the DUP and the Conservative party would compromise the…

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