Ban all ISIS members from returning to UK

Ban all ISIS members from returning to the UK, remove their citizenship and passports

This petition closed on 6 May 2019 with 598,254 signatures


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30/10/2018 - Petitions

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3. The Henry Jackson Society - written evidence
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15/11/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Recent Speeches related to Ban all ISIS members from returning to UK

1. ISIS Members Returning to the UK
18/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: considered E-petition 231521 relating to ISIS members returning to the UK.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2: British citizenship should not be taken for granted, and that the decision not to allow ISIS members back - Speech Link
3: detail at whether and when it is right to remove citizenship. I thank her for that intervention.The - Speech Link

2. UK Nationals returning from Syria
18/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: stripping dangerous dual nationals of their British citizenship. More than 100 people have already been deprived - Speech Link
2: the Home Secretary accept that the removal of citizenship from Britons who travelled abroad to join Daesh - Speech Link
3: questions. He said that in some cases we can remove British citizenship. That is what I have referred to as deprivation - Speech Link

3. British Jihadis (Iraq and Syria)
31/01/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: remind the House that it is not just a handful of UK citizens who have returned from Iraq and Syria. The - Speech Link
2: estimating that at least 425 British ISIS members had so far returned to the UK—the largest cohort in Europe—is - Speech Link
3: would persuade another Government to take such a UK citizen? I would like them never to set foot back - Speech Link

4. Shamima Begum and Other Cases
11/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: the threat that they pose to the UK is to remove British citizenship from those holding another nationality - Speech Link
2: media outcry, chose to strip Shamima of her citizenship. He knows that many authorities contend that - Speech Link
3: very serious matter and it is unfortunate that Members on the Treasury Bench do not seem to take it with - Speech Link

5. Deprivation of Citizenship Status
20/02/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: back terror. More than 900 people travelled from the UK to engage with the conflict in Syria and Iraq, At - Speech Link
2: Secretary for his reply. On the legal grounds to remove citizenship because it would be“conducive to the - Speech Link

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asked by: Catherine West
12/01/2021
... how many appointments UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services are available each week at Core sites which do not require a fee.

2. UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services
asked by: Alison Thewliss
23/11/2018
... whether he has plans to replace the biometric service at Post Offices with the new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service centres.

3. UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services: Coronavirus
asked by: Catherine West
12/01/2021
... what steps her Department is taking to assist people who are unable to attend UKVCAS centre appointments as they are shielding.

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By banning all returning ISIS members and by removing their citizenship and passports it would help keep the UK safe from terrorists and their actions. It would also save hundreds of thousands of pounds and time of the police and security services. It would also send a message to others that membership of terrorist orgsnisation will not be tollerated.


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Government Response

British citizenship can be removed if it does not render the individual stateless. Any risk posed by those who return from Syria will be managed and they may be investigated for criminal offences.


The Government’s priority is to do everything we can to help keep our country safe, including managing the risk posed by those who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq and may be linked to terrorist organisations.

UK nationals have the right to return to the country, but anyone who does return from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq will be investigated by the police and prosecuted where there is evidence that they have committed criminal offences.

The Home Secretary has the power to remove or ‘deprive’ a British national’s citizenship and stop them from returning to the UK if they hold or are eligible to hold another nationality and if he assesses that individual’s presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good. This may only happen if the person would not be left stateless as a result. This power has been used against those who travelled to fight overseas. Non-UK nationals can be excluded from the country.

Where it is not possible to deprive an individual of their British nationality, a range of powers are available to protect national security.

There have already been several successful prosecutions for those who have returned from Syria. This includes the minimum of 40 years for Khalid Ali who was sentenced earlier this year for planning a terrorist attack in Westminster.

In addition to seeking prosecution of terrorism suspects we use a range of tools to manage the threat posed. We impose travel restrictions for individuals subject to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, and require those individuals who return to the UK subject to a Temporary Exclusion Order, to report to a police station regularly.

Home Office


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