Published On: Sun, Aug 18th, 2019

ISIS news: Jihadi Jack stripped of UK passport sparking huge row with Canada PM Trudeau | UK | News

Jack Letts, 24, had dual citizenship with the UK and Canada before he left to fight for ISIS in Syria. Before venturing to Syria, Letts had declared himself an “enemy of Britain” but following his capture by Kurdish authorities, he has since asked to return to the UK. However, according to the Daily Mail, the Home Office has striped the ISIS terrorist of his UK citizenship.

The move to strip him of his UK passport was one of the last actions sanctioned by Theresa May.

In the wake of that decision, Letts is now the responsibility of the Canadian Government with one Whitehall insider saying, “It’s Canada’s problem now”.

Although no country is allowed to make a citizen stateless, due to his Canadian nationality, the Government can, therefore, sanction the removal of his UK passport.

The Government’s action has since sparked fury from the Canadian Government.

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A diplomatic source within the Canadian Government has insisted that they have “gone beserk” because he had “very little to do with Canada”.

Such is the anger within the Canadian Government that Whitehall officials have suspected that Justin Trudeau’s administration will take a hardline stance on a post-Brexit deal with the UK.

Despite Boris Johnson now in power, Home Office sources have stated that new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, had backed the decision.

An insider said: “It is Priti’s job to keep the country safe and she will do whatever is in her power to keep terrorist fighters out of the UK, including depriving dual nationals of their British citizenship when it is legal to do so and the intelligence shows there is a threat.”

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Lett’s parents, Sally Lane and John, had sent £223 to their son while he was in Syria.

As a result of that, both were found guilty at the Old Bailey in June of funding terrorism and have been given 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

A Home Office spokesman added: “Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all the available information.

“This power is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most dangerous individuals and keep our country safe.”

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