Northern Ireland of devolution issues, Reference by the Attorney General for (Northern Ireland): SC 14 Jan 2019

Five questions referred by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.
Held: The matter was adjourned: ‘it is desirable that legal questions be determined against the background of a clear factual matrix, rather than as theoretical or academic issues of law. The opportunity for discussion and determination of the legal questions raised in the AGNI’s reference exists. Litigation concerning the validity of a proposed electricity interconnector between Northern Ireland and Ireland potentially raises most, if not all, of the issues adumbrated in the current reference. This court was told that that litigation has been stayed pending the outcome of this reference. The stay of proceedings is not appropriate. Those proceedings will provide the chance for the issues raised in the reference to be ventilated against a clear factual backdrop. They will also have the advantage of having the courts of Northern Ireland deal with those issues by reference to the practical reality of their impact on society there, so that an insight into the outworking of the competing arguments can be obtained.’


Lady Hale, President

Lord Reed, Deputy President

Lord Kerr


[2019] UKSC 1




Northern Ireland Act 1998


Northern Ireland


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Updated: 05 June 2022; Ref: scu.678300