MPs to approve new anti-terror laws

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Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Anti-terror laws designed to disrupt people’s ability to travel to Syria, Iraq and beyond and then return to Britain are expected to be approved by MPs today.

One of the new measures will stop Britons and foreigners who have had their passports seized or are subject to a Terror Prevention and Investigation Measure (Tpim) travelling in and out of the UK.

Airlines will also face civil sanctions if they fail to provide passenger, crew and service information and will also be stopped from flying into the UK if they fail to comply with security directions legislated for this year.

The legislation is an attempt to stem the flow of hundreds of Britons into Syria and Iraq to take up arms with the so-called Islamic State (IS), also known as Isis or Isil.

Ahead of a debate on the measures, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “We have a fundamental duty as a government to ensure that the people who work to keep us safe have the powers they need to do so.

“This important legislation will disrupt the ability of people to travel abroad to fight and then return. It will also enhance our ability to monitor and control the actions of those who pose a threat.

“We have always been clear that we will take the strongest possible action against those who travel Syria and come back to the UK with the intention of doing harm – both through our existing powers and by toughening them even further.”

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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