British jihadists who fight for Isil in Syria and Iraq will be barred from returning to this country for at least two years to prevent terror attacks, David Cameron has announced.
The Prime Minister has unveiled a raft of new anti-terror laws including powers to strip teenage jihadists of their passports and bar airlines from landing in the UK if they fail to provide passenger information.
You can indeed strip someone of their passport once they’ve been convicted of a crime, been up in front of the beak (vide football thugs). But even if you strip someone of their passport you cannot, as long as they are a British citizen, strip them of the right to enter Britain.
Because that’s what being a British citizen means: the right to enter Britain.
You will, by doing that, have rendered someone stateless. And you’re just not allowed to do that.
Political puffery again rather than valid policy.
Those that attempt to return to Britain in secret will face a five year jail term under a new criminal offence.
And you can’t make it a bloody criminal offence to enter the country that you are a citizen of.
Was there any opposition in Government to these plans?
Although Nick Clegg had initially opposed such measures, sources now say that he now supports them.
When Mr Cameron first raised the prospect of barring British jihadists from returning to the UK in August Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, said it was likely to be a “non starter”.
He pointed out that withdrawing an individual’s passport would effectively make them “stateless”, a breach of UN laws. The plans have been drawn up by the new Attorney General Jeremy Wright.
Sodding typical isn’t it? They fired the only person in the government who actually knew what the law is.