Dr Stephen Farry stated: “It is hard to conceive of a less appropriate organisation than the UDA to campaign on behalf of ‘British values’. I prefer to speak in terms of liberal values, but insofar as there are British values, they follow the general principles of respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. By contrast, the UDA stands for brutal sectarian murder and the oppression.
“It is further sickening to see the UDA trying to hijack Remembrance Day events. The cowardly criminals of the UDA stand in stark contrast to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country and in the wider pursuit of freedom both here and around the world.
“It really is time that the UDA not only decommissioned their weapons but their organisation altogether. They never had any role to play in Northern Ireland.”