The Act follows the high-profile case of Bangladeshi-origin British schoolgirl Shamima Begum, who had travelled to the ISIS-controlled area over 4 years in the past earlier than discovery in a detention camp earlier this yr.
In a speech on nationwide safety at Scotland Yard headquarters in London, UK Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid warned British nationals to go away conflict-ridden territories or danger a jail time period of as much as 10 years, successfully imposing a ban on journey to Idlib and the northeast of Syria below new powers to deal with suspected terrorists.
The UK authorities on Monday introduced a contemporary crackdown on its nationals travelling to ISIS territory in Syria because it revealed that Britain’s safety forces had foiled 19 main terror assaults up to now two years.
“Each and every day, our security services fight against terror – from large international terrorist groups, to radicalised individuals. In the past two years, they have foiled 19 major terrorist attacks – 14 of them Islamist, and five of them motivated by extreme right-wing ideologies,” mentioned Mr Javid, the UK’s senior-most Pakistani-origin minister.
Laying out particulars of the UK’s new Counter-Terrorism and Border Safety Act, he unveiled powers to “designate” a area anyplace on the planet and make it an offence for British nationals to be there.
“And despite this impressive work, the tempo of terrorist activity is increasing,” he warned.
He mentioned: “I’ve asked my officials to work closely with CT (Counter-Terrorism) policing and intelligence agencies to urgently review the case for exercising this power in relation to Syria, with a particular focus on Idlib and the North East.”
The Act follows the high-profile case of Bangladeshi-origin British schoolgirl Shamima Begum, who had travelled to the ISIS-controlled area over 4 years in the past earlier than discovery in a detention camp earlier this yr. She has since been stripped of her British citizenship and her London-based household has launched a authorized bid to carry her again.
“So, anyone who is in these areas without a legitimate reason should be on notice. I can also see that there may be a case in the future for considering designating parts of West Africa.”
“Deprivation is never a step that is taken lightly…When we assess that someone poses a real threat, we will work to stop them from returning. Sometimes to do that I have to deprive people of their British nationality,” mentioned Mr Javid.
If the Syrian areas are designated below the brand new UK act, Britons detained by the Syrian Defence Forces can be deemed unable to go away and return to the UK. An individual already in a chosen space on the time of designation won’t commit an offence in the event that they depart the realm inside one month of such an order being made.