Friday, 22 August 2014
Serious concerns about British citizens fighting abroad
British Nationality Act 1981 section 40 - Deprivation of Citizenship
Immigration Act 2014 section 66 - amending section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981 - this came into force on 28th July 2014.
Parliament - House of Commons Library Standard Note - Immigration Bill: Deprivation of citizenship
Withdrawal of passports - Government statement of 25th April 2013
Previous post 5th February 2014 - Fighting abroad ~ is it against the law?
In the event that
the United Kingdom gets involved militarily (e.g. in Iraq) then any British citizens fighting against UK forces could possibly be committing treason by 'giving aid and comfort' to the 'Queen's enemies'. The 'giving of aid and comfort' does not have to be 'in the Realm' - R v Casement  1 KB 98. The ancient (and, in many ways, highly unsatisfactory), law on treason is very rarely invoked and has not been charged since 1945. Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, treason no longer attracts the death penalty and such a penalty may no longer be reinstated because of Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights. In 2008, a Review of Citizenship led by Lord Goldsmith QC considered that treason should be retained but the law modernised - (see the review at page 40).
Addendum 7th September:
Ex-MI6 Chief: encourage UK jihadis to return home - The Guardian 6th September. The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (referred to in The Guardian article) is linked to Kings College London.
Addendum 15th September:
House of Commons Library blog - Excluding British citizens who pose a security threat: what can the government do?