New espionage Bill planned to tackle ‘hostile state’ activity BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Foreign agents could be required to register with British authorities under a fresh crackdown on “hostile state” activity. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/new-espionage-bill-planned-to-tackle-hostile-state-activity-38128924.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article38128922.ece/d4a08/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_45261244-d9ca-434e-9b37-e0ccb1539643_1 Email Foreign agents could be required to register with British authorities under a fresh crackdown on “hostile state” activity. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said reviews carried out in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack had revealed “real gaps” in existing laws. He announced that the Government is preparing the way for a new espionage Bill. In a speech at Scotland Yard, Mr Javid said: “Since the Salisbury attack, the Home Office has been reviewing the laws we have around hostile state activity. “I believe that there are some real gaps in current legislation. “We have to ensure that we have the necessary powers to meet the current and evolving threats to the UK, both domestically and overseas. “Getting that right, and having those right powers and resources in place for countering hostile states, must be a post-Brexit priority.” Mr Javid said the proposed espionage Bill will bring together “new and modernised powers”, giving security services the “legal authority they need to tackle this threat”. Areas under consideration will… Read full this story
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