Strip Islamic State Jihadists of British citizenship


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has urged the Government to consider blocking the return of UK nationals who have gone to fight for Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

The UK Government can and should strip militants who hold joint nationality of their UK citizenship. Jihadists whose only nationality is British could have their passports withdrawn and those who do not hold UK citizenship but have been granted the right to live here should immediately have that right revoked.

Nigel Farage said "The Islamic State Militants are a group like no other. The sheer barbarism we are witnessing in countries like Iraq is without precedent in the modern era. It would be totally unforgivable and unacceptable for UK nationals who have made the decision to go and fight for Islamic State militants in the middle-east to be permitted to return to the UK and quietly slide back into our communities to take advantage of all that modern Britain has to offer.

"We simply cannot have a situation where militants return and benefit from NHS treatment, welfare benefits, council housing and so forth when they have chosen to go abroad and fight western values in the most appalling way possible. We also cannot risk these militants coming back to the UK and bringing with them their ideologies and barbarous practices.

"I would say that in choosing to quit the UK to fight abroad, they have rendered themselves effectively stateless by conforming to an ideology of wanting to create a terrifying caliphate. If they choose to leave the UK they simply should not be allowed to return. Where intelligence identifies UK nationals fighting for IS their repatriation absolutely should be blocked."

The Government needs to amend the Foreign Enlistment Act so that it includes not merely Britons who fight against our interests for foreign states, but also those who fight for non-state actors, such as those on the proscribed Terrorist organizations list.

The Government's changes to the Immigration Act 2014, that try to address this problem, fail to provide due process and would give far reaching arbitrary power to the State. UKIP's proposals, whilst being robust with the terrorists, would still ensure that our ancient liberties are protected.

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