Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Commons second reading

11 June 2018

MPs debated the second reading of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 11 June 2018.

Second Reading

The debate was opened by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sajid Javid. His opposite number, Diane Abbott responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The bill passed its second reading in the Commons without a division, and is now being considered by a public bill committee.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

Summary of the Bill

The Bill follows the Government’s reviews of its counter-terrorism strategy and of counter terrorism legislation. Part 1 of the Bill would bring in the legislative changes arising from those reviews. These changes would include:

  • Make it an offence to express an opinion or belief that is supportive of a proscribed organisation in certain circumstances.
  • Criminalise the publication of certain images which would arouse reasonable suspicion that the offender was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.
  • Strengthen the existing offence of downloading terrorist material and extend it to streaming such material, where this is done on three or more occasions.

Part 2 of the Bill is in response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March 2018 with a nerve agent. Clause 20 and schedule 3 would bring in powers to stop, question, search and detain people at ports and borders to determine whether they appear to be (or have been) engaged in hostile activity.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill
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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the second reading.

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