UK will end Northern Ireland Troubles prosecutions

The government has confirmed that it is ending all prosecutions related to crimes committed during the Northern Ireland Troubles. The period of conflict in Northern Ireland between nationalists and unionists lasted for 30 years. The new legislation would apply to former British soldiers and exparamilitaries during incidents prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Parliament that he did not take the decision lightly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the legacy proposals will allow Northern Ireland to move forward. Northern Ireland’s five main political parties, the Irish government and victims’ groups all oppose the idea.The government hopes the new legislation will be voted in autumn. Some 3,600 people were killed and thousands were injured during the conflict.

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