Border security: Guards ‘lack power to stop returning jihadis’

UK Border Force guards have “zero discretion” to detain and interview travellers trying to re-enter Britain if they hold a UK passport and have not been “flagged” by police or security services.

It means the UK border has a potentially fatal flaw in relation to “cleanskin” jihadis, who have never come to the attention of police but could go on to commit atrocities on British soil.

The Terrorism Act 2000 sets out how immigration officers could be granted the power to “stop, question and detain” anyone they believe is “concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.