Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, has outlined plans to introduce a statute of limitations to end prosecutions related to the Troubles.

The statute will apply to both British army veterans and Republican paramilitaries and relate to incidents before 1998, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed.

Crucially, the plans put a stop to legacy inquests and civil actions. While there have been just nine Troubles-era prosecutions in the last six years, there are 36 inquests due to be heard and over 1,000 civil claims lodged against British state agencies.