Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, as Theresa May tries to reach agreement on the UK-EU Brexit deal
Downing Street and Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, have both distanced themselves from Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary’s, uncompromising language about killing British terrorists. As Jessica Elgot reports, he told the Daily Mail:
A dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain …
I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country,” he said. “We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat.
The government position on this has been made clear a number of times in recent months, which is that if you travel to Iraq and Syria, and if you’re fighting with our enemies there, then you make yourself a legitimate target.
There are existing powers relating to other fighters who seek to return to the UK. They include exclusion orders that allow the UK to cancel an individual’s passport. In instances where people do return to the UK, where we’re clear is that they should face the consequences of their actions and that would include investigation by the police and possible criminal prosecution. Where we’ve also been clear is we will take whatever steps are necessary to protect national security.
Sky and BBC News cut away from the Boris Johnson Q&A before it finished. As often happens when they do that, they missed the best bit – with seems to be Johnson’s response to a question from Sky’s Faisal Islam.
Johnson: “V v imp that whatever happens now ha shot to be consistent with taking back control of laws borders and cash…
Go whistle was about £80-£100bn”
Just asked Foreign Secretary about whether he was briefed in Cabinet sub committee about the offer on Ireland regulatory alignment, and if he is comfortable with whole UK alignment in order to keep border open…
He said he wouldnt comment on or off record and Cabinet sub committees… he said whether the end deal “it has to be consistent with taking back control of our laws, borders and money” banging his fist on the podium