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UK lawmakers back plan to give government powers to strip terror suspects of citizenship
Associated Press
2014-01-31 03:01 AM

LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers have backed a government proposal to give authorities the power to strip foreign-born terror suspects of their British citizenship.

The proposal from Home Secretary Theresa May targets naturalized citizens who are deemed to have seriously harmed "Britain's vital interests."

It came as lawmakers debated on Thursday a proposed immigration bill that aims to make it easier for authorities to deport foreign-born criminals and others who do not have the right to stay in Britain.

May said the rule on terror suspects would only apply to a very small number of people, but rights campaigners say the proposal -- which has to pass further legislative stages before becoming law -- would give the government too much power and make potentially innocent people stateless.

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