People who slander the UK will be treated as extremists and could be directed to the government’s Prevent program if Rishi Sunak becomes prime minister.
In a new political proposal to revive his weak campaign, the promising conservative leader said he wanted to broaden the definition of extremism to include “those who have extreme hatred for our country”.
His camp insists that this would not include criticism of the government or any government policy and would not be legally binding.
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Sunak also announced proposals to “refocus” Prevent on Islamic extremism, after the program to stop terrorism was criticized for focusing too much on right-wing threats.
The former chancellor said Islamic extremism is “by far the biggest terrorist threat to the UK’s national security” and accused Prevent of “failing on this front”.
Mr. Sunak said: “There is no more important duty for a prime minister than to protect our country and our people.
“Whether it is to redouble our efforts to tackle Islamist extremism or to root out those who manifest their hatred for our country, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that duty. “
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Extremism is defined in the 2011 Prevent strategy as “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual freedom and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
It also covers “the death requests of members of our armed forces, both in this country and abroad”.
Sunak believes that the extremists want to attack not only the values of the United Kingdom “but also the very existence of the country”.
Its supporters say expanding the definition of extremism will ensure that those who feel “extreme hatred of our country” who pose a national security risk “can be identified and diverted from a destructive path.”
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The leadership contender has also vowed to “eliminate and cut organizations promoting extremism in the UK” by conducting an audit on third party organizations.
And he pledged to create a new offense of encouraging terrorism in a prison cell – even if it only contained two inmates – and to pass the Charter of Rights to make it easier to separate terrorists from the general prison population.
He comes as Mr Sunak seems to have lost ground to rival Liz Trusswith a YouGov poll last night showing it has extended its lead over him to 34 points.
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As the leadership race continues to heat up, Mr. Sunak and Ms. Truss will once again take on the cameras this week on Sky News.
Taking place on Thursday 4 August at 8pm at Sky Studios in west London, The Battle for Number 10 will see applicants take part in consecutive questions from the live studio audience comprised of Conservative Party members who remain largely undecided. on who to vote on.
This will then be followed by an in-depth interview with Kay Burley.
The program will be broadcast live for 90 minutes and free of charge on Sky News channel 501, Freeview 233, Sky Showcase channel 106 and Sky News digital channels.
The pair also continue to face violence across the country, with the final set taking place in Cardiff tonight.