Senior judges ruled today Begum could now return to the UK to challenge the revocation of her British citizenship. The former ISIS bride, left the
Senior judges ruled today Begum could now return to the UK to challenge the revocation of her British citizenship. The former ISIS bride, left the UK in 2015 to join the terrorist group and can now return to the UK following the ruling, sparking fury from Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen. Following the decision, Mr Bridgen claimed ISIS terrorists and their brides could now flood back to the UK.
He told the MailOnline: “It opens the door for all her fellow jihadi brides to return to Britain – and potentially their terrorist partners too.
“Most Brits will rightly think that when you swear allegiance to another country that declares war on Britain, that you have given up all the rights and protections and privileges of your British citizenship.
“After today’s ruling it appears you have not.”
Due to the appeal of the decision, there is fear British jihadists could now return to fight their own cases.
Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “The deeply troubling implication of this judgement is that up to 150 terrorists are now legally entitled to enter the UK in order to appeal the decision in their case.
“This decision could have dramatic repercussions for our entire counter-terror strategy.”
Begum had her citizenship revoked by former Home Secretary Sajid Javid in 2019.
Now 20, the Court of Appeal ruled she had been denied a fair hearing as she could not make her own case from a Syrian refugee camp.
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The country’s foreign ministry, however, claimed she was not a citizen and would not be allowed back into the country.
Following the decision today, her solicitor Daniel Furner claimed his client had never had a fair opportunity to tell her side of the argument.
He said: “Ms Begum has never had a fair opportunity to give her side of the story.
“She is not afraid of facing British justice, she welcomes it.