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Bipartisan group of US Representatives write to British Gov leaders: Withdraw Legacy Legislation

A bipartisan group of Congressional Representatives sent letters to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steven Baker MP, and Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States, and CC'd Prime Minster Rishi Sunak.

The letters read, in part, "The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill is an inherent threat to the regional peace and stability bolstered by the Good Friday Agreement since its signing in 1998, and to the reconciliation essential to underpinning its future. As an active supporter of the peace, and as a key ally to both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the United States continues to have a vested interest in the preservation and fortification of the Good Friday Agreement. For all of these reasons, we respectfully urge you to encourage your government to reconsider advancing this legislative proposal and to pursue a cross-community solution to legacy issues and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Ireland."

The letters were signed by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick of PA, William Keating of MA, Richard Neal of MA, Michael Lawler of NY, Kevin Mullin of CA, Christopher Smith of NJ, Mike Quigly of IL, Gerry Connolly of VA, Brendan Boyle of PA, Barbara Lee of CA, Brian Higgins of NY, Mary Gay Scanlon of PA, Chellie Pingree of ME, Jim McGovern of MA, John Larson of CT, and Stephen Lynch of MA.

You can read the letters below.

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