Ministers risk mutiny after pledge by Defence Secretary with fresh probe into Troubles Army veterans

Mail Online | 5/10/2019 | Larisa Brown Defence And Security Editor For The Daily Mail
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Ministers are pushing ahead with plans to set up a new taxpayer-funded unit to investigate Northern Ireland military veterans in a move that will spark a Tory mutiny.

The Government will next week respond to a public consultation on how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles after talks on the issue with the DUP on Thursday.

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A report will conclude that an ‘overwhelming majority’ of those who responded to the consultation do not support an amnesty or a statute of limitations for troops and terrorists, sources said. It will say that instead, there is ‘broad support’ for proposals set out by ministers, which include a new body to examine 1,700 deaths during the Troubles from as far back as 1968.

It comes hours after new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt vowed to end the ‘witch-hunt’ of military veterans, and Tory MP Johnny Mercer said he was withdrawing his support for the Prime Minister over her alleged failure to protect UK veterans. However, a source said ‘there was a clear lack of support for an amnesty or a statute of limitations’.

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They added: ‘Many former soldiers and police officers don’t want to be judged in the same way as terrorists.’ Last night MPs reacted with fury and warned the new unit could be a ‘Super IHAT’, a reference to the controversial Iraq Historical Allegations Team.

Both the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein are said to have agreed that the Government’s proposals are acceptable as long as what is ‘done for one side is done for the other’.

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The issue was raised during talks at Chequers between Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster...
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