Legacy Proposals 'Contain No Detail Or Clarity' – SDLP

The SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has criticised the latest legacy proposals from the British Government, which he has said "contain no detail or clarity".

Mr Eastwood said that the Northern Ireland Office should have learned its lesson after previous proposals met strong resistance from all parties but has instead revised its plans without consulting local political leaders.
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Colum Eastwood MP said: "This British Government never learns. Instead of working with local political parties to reach a consensus on dealing with the past, difficult as that may be, they continue to go it alone and have produced proposals that have failed to generate support from a single political leader in Northern Ireland.

"Now we learn, in a companion document to a Queen's Speech, that there will be changes to the flawed proposals for a general amnesty but have no details on how any new process would work. We also have little clarity on plans for legacy inquests and civil cases currently before the courts. This is another mess.

"There is no one who has faith in this government to do the right thing by victims, survivors and their families. The failure to engage with parties on these important issues is another sign of the dismissive arrogance that the British Government approaches this place with."

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