Newton Emerson: Both Britain and Sinn Féin want an amnesty for former soldiers and terrorists
Fears of a British-unionist plot on this matter misrepresent what is actually going on
It is all or nothing on dealing with the legacy of the Troubles. Either all sides must face the same prospect of prosecutions and convictions, or all sides must be given an amnesty or the closest thing legally possible to an amnesty – a statute of limitations is most often mentioned.
This the real divide on the subject and it cuts across traditional lines. The British government and Sinn Féin want an amnesty; other nationalists, unionists and the Irish Government do not.