Shamima Begum should not return, say talkRADIO poll voters

Monday, July 20, 2020

Some 186,000 people have said Shamima Begum should not be allowed to enter the UK to pursue her citizenship appeal, according to a talkRADIO social media poll.

The Court of Appeal last week ruled that the 20-year-old could return to Britain to take part in a legal challenge against the Home Office’s decision to revoke her UK citizenship.

Then Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped Ms Begum of her British status in February 2019 after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp having travelled to the country in 2015 to join Islamic State.

talkRADIO asked Facebook users: “Should Shamima Begum be allowed back to the UK to challenge her revoked British citizenship?”

Among the 196,000 participants, the results so far are overwhelmingly against the court’s ruling - with three days remaining for votes to be cast.

Around 95 per cent (186,000 people) voted no and just five per cent (10,000 people) were in favour of allowing Ms Begum to return.

The Court of Appeal ruled last Thursday that “the only way in which [Ms Begum] can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal”.

The Home Office has described the court’s decision as “very disappointing” and said it plans to launch its own appeal against it.

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