Sunak confronts Varadkar over Ireland’s decision to challenge UK’s Troubles law

The British prime minister told the Taoiseach of his ‘disappointment’ about Ireland’s decision to legally challenge the UK government over the Legacy Act in the European Court of Human Rights

Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Rishi Sunak, the British prime minister, during a British-Irish Council Summit in November. Picture: Getty

Rishi Sunak used a call with Leo Varadkar to confront his counterpart about the UK’s “disappointment” over Ireland’s decision to legally challenge the UK’s response to the Troubles.

Laws enacted by the UK government strive to provide a limited form of immunity to those accused of Troubles-related offences.

The move has faced staunched criticism and is opposed by many victims’ groups in Northern Ireland and all the main Stormont parties.