Hopkins backs Armed Forces and pledges support to find political agreement in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office Minister Kris Hopkins has said that the Government will not renege on its responsibility to protect former members of the Armed Forces who served their country.

 

Speaking at Northern Ireland Questions in the House of Commons earlier today, Mr Hopkins told MPs that ministers were “unstinting in our admiration” for the role that servicemen and women had played in securing democracy and consent in the Province.

 

He said: “The current process for addressing the past is not working and we will ensure that the new legacy bodies will be under legal obligations to be fair, balanced and proportionate.”

 

The Keighley and Ilkley MP added: “This Government will never move away from our obligation to care for our veterans. We have put in huge resources to do that.”

 

Mr Hopkins stressed that UK ministers remained focussed on supporting the political parties in Northern Ireland as they continued talks to re-establish a devolved administration at Stormont. 

 

“The Government is committed to upholding Northern Ireland’s constitutional settlement, as outlined in the Belfast Agreement and its successors,” he said.

 

“What is important now is to help the parties to come back together and form an Executive, and that is the Government’s focus.”