Regina v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ex parte British Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations and Another: Admn 19 Mar 1998

The applicants sought judicial review of the respondent’s decision to support the application for admission to the Eurorpean Community of Cyprus.
Held: Leave was refused: ‘the independence of Cyprus since 17th August 1960 forecloses any power in the United Kingdom courts to entertain issues which do not merely touch upon but are inseparable from the constitutionality of events in Cyprus. That the facts amounting to the asserted want of constitutionality are not themselves contentious cannot be an answer because it is not the evidence but the adjudication which in such a situation violates comity.’


Sedley J


[1998] EWHC Admin 341, 112 ILR 735


Cyprus Act 1960 1


England and Wales


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Updated: 15 July 2022; Ref: scu.138462