Sir Jeffrey said,
“The Government’s proposals on legacy will remove victims’ access to justice. The Belfast Agreement sadly corrupted justice by opening the prison doors and giving terrorists get out of jail free passes but to remove access to justice altogether in such cases is to give those who live with physical and mental scars another body blow.
My colleague Sammy Brush stands as testament that an element of justice, even after 30 years, is still possible. He was able to secure a conviction in 2011 against the man who came to murder him because of new investigative techniques.
We will stand against those who want to rewrite the past. 90% of the deaths in the Troubles were the result of terrorists deliberately setting out to murder. The UDR stood up for democracy. I served in the Regiment alongside some of the finest men and women in Northern Ireland. They cared for their neighbour. They stood against the men of violence, and they would be appalled that the terrorists who shot them and their families will be able to stop looking over their shoulder.”