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8.—(1) In section 22(2) (power of court to refuse application or stay proceedings: Northern Ireland)—
(a)after paragraph (a) leave out “or”,
(b)after paragraph (b) leave out “or”,
(c)after paragraph (c) insert “, or” and insert
“(d)that it should exercise its powers under Article 8 of the Hague Convention (request to authority in another Contracting State to assume jurisdiction),” and
(d)after “Article 15” in the words following paragraph (c), insert “of the Council Regulation or Article 8 of the Hague Convention”.
(2) After section 22(3A) insert—
“(3B) The court may remove a stay granted in order for it to exercise its powers under Article 8 of the Hague Convention, and withdraw any request made by it to an authority in another Contracting State to assume jurisdiction, if—
(a)the authority in the other Contracting State does not assume jurisdiction within the period for which the court granted the stay, or
(b)the parties do not, within the period specified by the court, request the authority in the other Contracting State to assume jurisdiction.”
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