UK confirms plan for statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions
Plans to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 have been announced by the UK government.
Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, said current and future generations would be “condemned” to division, and reconciliation would be impended if the government did not act.
The package announced by Lewis includes three proposals: a new independent body that he said would focus on the recovery of information relating to Troubles-related deaths, a major “oral history” initiative and a statue of limitations.
“It is, in reality, a painful recognition of the very reality of where we are,” he told the House of Commons.