Jihadi Jack: Removing nationalities is ‘wrong direction’

Jack Letts has been stripped of his UK citizenship

Monday, August 19, 2019

Former Defence Secretary Tobias Ellwood has said that stripping radicalised Britons of their nationalities is the “wrong direction of travel” in tackling terrorism.

It comes after Jack Letts, known as Jihadi Jack, was stripped of his British citizenship this week after joining the Islamic State terror organisation in 2014.

Letts, 24, held dual UK-Canadian nationality and was jailed after Kurdish forces captured him as he tried to flee to Turkey in May 2017.

Hi parents, John Letts and Sally Lane, accused former Home Secretary Sajid Javid of being a “coward” and said the British government was “shirking responsibility”.

The Canadian government also said it was "disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to offload their responsibilities".

Mr Ellwood told talkRADIO’s Ian Collins: “Our job to defeat Daesh has not been completed.

“The idea that we start removing dual nationalities and thinking that this is going to keep Britain safe, I think is the wrong direction of travel.”

Tobias Ellwood MP

The Conservative Bournemouth East MP, whose brother was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings, called instead for unity in combatting radicalisation.

“I also stress the point that many of these people were radicalised here in the UK… surely we have some duty of responsibility.

“We need a collective, unified approach to deal with this, otherwise I promise you, we will see Daesh regroup,” he warned.

He went on to say that ahead of the UN general assembly in September, Britain should “lead the international community” in finding modern solutions.

He concluded: “This is a new phenomenon but it won’t go away because terrorism, extremism, the ability to recruit, to mobilise people through the internet will not go away any time soon.”

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