David Liddington explains why his party abandoned a bipartisan approach to the OTR legislation. Apart from the legislation itself he believes the timing is flawed citing Sinn Fein’s continuing refusal to back the police, and notes that in practical terms that “the murderers of Robert McCartney have not been turned in; instead, his relatives have been driven from their homes by intimidation”. And that people who’ve been ‘exiled’ from Northern Ireland by the IRA and Loyalist organisations have not been guaranteed safe return.
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