Leave to appeal refused in Ashers Baking

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has refused leave to refer its judgment in Lee v McArthur & Ors [2016] NICA 29 to the Supreme Court. Last week, lawyers for the bakery were formally refused leave to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, rejected the Attorney General’s attempt to invoke his powers under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to ask the Supreme Court to rule on four devolution issues because the application was out of time. Continue reading