This week MPs will debate Clause nine of the Nationality and Borders Bill, which would allow the government to strip you of British citizenship – essentially your right to have rights – without even telling you.
The government seeks to justify this huge power grab on national security grounds. As a former shadow home secretary, I know that our intelligence agencies need powers to need to deal with terrorism and the many other threats we face. But those powers must be proportionate and balanced against the rights of the individual against an overbearing state.
Not only are these excessively broad new powers not necessary to tackle terrorism, but they are counter-productive.
Read David Davis MP’s full opinion piece on Politics Home.