Supporters of terror groups will be expelled for the UK, says immigration minister

Robert Jenrick discusses expelling supporters of banned groups from the UK

Robert Jenrick discusses expelling supporters of banned groups from the UK

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 22/10/2023

- 13:25

Updated: 22/10/2023

- 13:53

Robert Jenrick also said there have been ‘serious failures’ of integration in the UK

Supporters of banned terror groups face having their visas revoked and being expelled from the UK, Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said.

He told GB News: “It's very important to me and the Home Secretary that people who spread hate or support proscribed terrorist organisations like Hamas have no place in this country.

“A visa is a special privilege. It's not an entitlement and if you commit comments that create hate or spread antisemitism, then you forfeit that privilege and you should have that visa revoked and you should be expelled from the UK.

“I’ve written to all chief constables across the country, saying that they should refer individuals that come to their attention to the Home Office.

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“There is a legal process to be followed, but as and when we receive those, we will consider them and if they meet the legal bar, then we will absolutely revoke and expel them.”

Speaking to Tom Harwood, he continued: “There have been a number of referrals and the first cases are being considered by the Home Office.

“I can't comment on the individual cases but please be in absolutely no doubt of how strongly we feel that those people who commit these crimes, people who spread hate in our country.

“They should be removed. They shouldn't have a right to live in the UK and harm our citizens and British values.”

On multiculturalism, Jenrick said: “The UK is broadly one of the most successful multiracial democracies in the world.

"But as I say, we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we fooled ourselves into thinking that there weren't pockets of serious failure of integration and individuals who fall well below the standards that we should expect.

“Diversity is not a strength in and of itself.

"It is good in moderation, but we've got to ensure that we can successfully integrate individuals into our country so that there is common sense of what it is to be British and a common sense of British values. That is what I want to see.

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“I think the pace of immigration over recent decades has been too fast and we struggled as a country to do integration as well as we should have done.”

Former Labour MP Shaun Woodward also joined Harwood this morning.

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