British citizens who travel to the middle-east to join with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, including Islamic State (IS), should be stripped of their benefits, a group of influential MPs have said.
Similar measures have already been introduced in Belgium and Australia, and are now being recommended by a growing number of MPs in the UK.
Those MPs believe that such a move could help reduce the number of ‘home-grown terrorists’ and deter young British men from leaving the UK to join and fight with IS, and other terrorist groups. The proposal could also extended to the parents and wider family.
A growing number of politicians fear that benefits and tax credits are being used to help subsidise terrorism abroad. Former Tory Minister for International Security Strategy, Gerald Howarth MP, said:
“The Islamic community is a tight-knit one and it is up to them to be proactive and ensure their children are not seduced by these extremists.
“Why should people who claim no allegiance to this country and actively act against our values be supported by taxpayers’ money?”
A government source told the Daily Express: “We must do this as soon as the law permits. We need zero tolerance. Taxpayers should not be forking out to subsidise terrorism abroad.”
Tory MP Andrew Percy added: “If people reject the British state then the British state should reject them. I am all in favour of stripping them of their citizenship and with that their benefits.
“If they want to go and fight for Islamic State, then Islamic State can support them and pay their child tax credits.”
The proposal is also supported by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who argues that “stripping jihadists and their supporters of benefits is a good idea”. He added: “I think it would command overwhelming public support”.
Find out more: Daily Express
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