The fate of Anna Soubry, the British-born MP who travelled from Nottingham to Brussels to plot for the UK to remain in the EU in 2018, and in the past few days has left the Conservative Party to join an unrecognised radical fringe group, has taken a further twist as the home secretary ordered she be deprived of her British citizenship.
The 62-year-old MP had called on the British people to have sympathy for her views and asked to be allowed to return to the UK. But Javid insisted he would do all in his power to prevent her coming back. The home secretary thinks section 40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 gives him the power to strip Soubry of her UK citizenship.
He wrote to her family informing them he had made such an order, believing the fact that one of her parents is of Belgian heritage means she can apply for citizenship of that country – though Soubry says she has no intention of living there.
This is crucial because, while the law bars him from making a person stateless, it allows him to remove citizenship if he can show Soubry has behaved “in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK” and he has “reasonable grounds for believing that the person is able, under the law of a country or territory outside the UK, to become a national of such a country or territory”.
In an interview, Soubry showed no remorse as she described her wish to impose EU-ist law all across the UK.