Naomi Wayne, Iain Forbes, Claire Tomalin, Sarah Eccleston and William Schabas give their views on the Isis recruit having her UK citizenship revoked
The basis for revoking Shamima Begum’s citizenship (Javid faces legal threat over Isis recruit’s citizenship, 20 February) could, potentially, apply to millions of other Brits if we behave in a way that the home secretary is satisfied “is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom”. Sajid Javid cannot legally make Begum stateless, so he relies on having “reasonable grounds for believing that [Begum] is able, under the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, to become a national of such a country or territory”.
Many – perhaps nearly all – British-born children and grandchildren of immigrants have no lesser ability to acquire an overseas citizenship. In addition, several hundred thousand British Jews are able, without having to demonstrate any familial connection to the country, to become Israeli citizens. Then there are all those Brits who are currently using familial connection to secure citizenship of an EU country. Where they succeed, then there is definitely no risk of statelessness, should their British citizenship go up in flames. Kneejerk law is always bad, and never worse than that relating to national identity and citizenship status.
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