The Home Secretary is preparing to restrict UK nationals from Idlib, Syria. According to The Sun, Mr Javid will give the Government more power to prosecute extremists by labelling the region a “designated area” under new counter-terror and border security rules. The move is the first time a power has been used.
Mr Javid said: “I’ve asked my officials to work closely with the police and intelligence agencies to urgently review the case for exercising this power in relation to Syria, with a particular focus on Idlib and the North-East.
“So anyone who is in these areas without a legitimate reason should be on notice.”
The new legislation will enforce British nationals to leave the area within a month if they do not have a valid reason to be there.
He will reportedly announce the new power during a speech in London where he is likely to unveil his Tory leadership bid.
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Mr Javid’s plan comes after the Government has little power to prosecute fighters who have returned from Iraq and Syria due to lack of evidence.
During his speech, he is expected to support the police against rising crime as well as keep the UK central in combating terrorism.
Mr Javid is expected to say: “More than any other country on Earth, the UK has a coherent, connected approach to intelligence and security and when threats appear, the world still turns to the UK for leadership, support and action.”
The prohibition could be extended to cover the north east of the country as well.
Mr Javid will highlight efforts by the police and security services to identify Britons intending to travel overseas and join Islamic State.
He will say: “They have seized passports at the border and prevented them from leaving the country.
“Along with concerned friends, families and public sector colleagues, they have directed hundreds of at-risk individuals to support our Prevent programmes to turn them away from terrorism.”
His plan comes after ISIS bride Shamima Begum was stripped of her UK citizenship after travelling to Syria.