There is no place for extremism in our society and extremist views should be exposed and challenged.
The Department for Education has not engaged with any institutions, including SOAS University of London, in relation to the Henry Jackson Society report.
The government believes that free speech should been encouraged, provided that it is within the law as it encourages debate and understanding. Challenging extremist speakers and events is an important part of tackling extremist narratives. However, this does not mean closing down lawful speech, but rather ensuring the right steps are taken to counter extremist narratives and make sure that those who wish to spread hatred do not go unchallenged.
The Prevent duty requires higher education institutions to ensure they have mitigated the risk of extremist speakers spreading harmful narratives before an event can go ahead.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is developing new guidance on freedom of speech in higher education, which will be published shortly.