TUV has described the policy of delivering an end to the HET by starving it of funds as a political ploy to try and induce unionists to agree a fresh legacy approach, such as envisaged in Haass.
TUV leader Jim Allister said, “Sinn Fein has long demanded the end of the HET. Now, by starving it of funds a vacuum is to be created to maximise political pressure on politicians to agree an alternative legacy approach. The timing with upcoming talks is no coincidence. On past performance Sinn Fein will have a veto on the acceptance of any new arrangements, so, in reality, what we are seeing here is the meeting of a long-term demand of the representatives of the chief victim makers. Meanwhile, innocent victims have been let down again.”