Rishi Sunak has announced plans to treat those who “vilify Britain” as extremists and refer them to the government’s controversial Prevent programme, if he becomes the UK’s next prime minister.
Claiming that Islamist extremism is “the single largest threat to the UK’s national security”, the Conservative Party leadership candidate vows to widen the definition of extremism to include those who are “vocal in their hatred of our country”.
“There is no more important duty for a prime minister than keeping our country and our people safe.
“Whether redoubling our efforts to tackle Islamist extremism or rooting out those who are vocal in their hatred of our country, I will do whatever it takes to fulfil that duty,” he pledged on Tuesday evening.
He also vowed to segregate imprisoned extremists from other inmates, in an attempt to stem the spread of Islamist ideology and weed out those promoting extremism, Middle East Eye reported.
Sunak is competing against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to become the UK’s next premier, following Boris Johnson’s resignation last month.
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