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Amnesty a line in the sand? It’s not even close

Brandon Hamber


Far from dealing with the past, UK move will only poison future

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Unconvincing: The case for an amnesty in Brandon Lewis’s statement is rather flimsy. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Unconvincing: The case for an amnesty in Brandon Lewis’s statement is rather flimsy. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

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Unconvincing: The case for an amnesty in Brandon Lewis’s statement is rather flimsy. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

If we know anything about the Johnson government in the UK, they are not great at sticking to agreements or taking the views of the devolved nations seriously. The recent statement by the Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis, proposing new legislation to enforce a statute of limitations for all conflict-related violations in Northern Ireland fits this mould.

In July 2019, following a 15-month consultation on the legacy proposal in the Stormont House Agreement (SHA) of 2014 agreed by all political parties, the British Government committed to its full implementation. Two years later, it is now proposing to pull the SHA apart.


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