The UK has stripped over 150 jihadists and criminals of their British citizenship, banning them from ever returning to the country.
According to the Sunday Times, ministers have stepped up the ‘deprivation orders’ ahead of fears the collapse of the Islamic State could lead to an influx of militants.
Those barred from returning include ISIS fighters and jihadi brides who travelled to Syria.
A senior security source told the Sunday Times intelligence agencies have found an awful lot of people who will ‘never be coming home again’ adding that over 40 suspects had been stripped of their citizenship this year alone.
He also assured that deprivation orders were a last resort and the number one preference is to get these people on trial and only if this is deemed impossible do they strip them of their citizenship.
All of those who’ve lost their citizenship are dual nationals as ministers cannot take away citizenship if it would lead a suspect stateless.
The security minister, Ben Wallace, said:
Prosecution and conviction is always our preference for dealing with terrorists.
Tpims (Terrorism prevention and investigation measures) are one of a range of powers at our disposal to disrupt terrorism-related activity where prosecution is not possible.
The Home Office revealed last week that just six suspects in Britain who cannot be deported or prosecuted are subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims).