Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the government was "increasingly aware" of the need to tackle extremists at home who "give succour to" terrorists. "It isn't just those who break the law by committing acts of violence," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. The new government strategy on tackling extremism has been working its way through Whitehall for some time. The document reportedly proposes a number of new measures, including tightening the rules on citizenship to make sure new residents embrace "British values". It says the government needs to be "more assertive" in challenging extremists who oppose democratic values.
He said the idea of an allegiance to British values was a good thing, but there were some people in the UK who did not understand such rights and responsibilities. The Sunday Telegraph quotes the document as saying: "In the past, there has been a risk that the government sends an ambivalent and dangerous message - that it doesn't really matter if you don't believe in democracy.
The document's emergence comes in the wake of three British schoolgirls travelling to Syria, apparently to join Islamic State, and IS fighter "Jihadi John" being identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a UK citizen who was educated in west London.Meanwhile, the retiring president of the Association of Chief Police Officers has warned that further cuts to policing in Britain could leave forces without the resources to protect the public from threats including terrorism.