Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, insisted last week he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations abroad.
But yesterday SUN General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, said the UK had an obligation to accept its citizens.
“Usually I disagree with Donald Trump, but on this occasion I think he’s right.
“If there are … a large number of foreign fighters in captivity in Syria who originate from countries like the UK, then they are our citizens and we have a responsibility to act responsibly towards them. That means they have got to come back to this country.”
And Jeremy Wright, the Culture Secretary, echoed those views.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “It’s clear, if you are dealing with a British citizen who wants to return to this country and they’re not a dual citizen – so their only citizenship is British citizenship – then we are obliged, at some stage at least, to take them back.”