The Intelligence Committee of the Parliament UK issued a report (See “Download report” below) last week, stating that Britain is facing threats from Russia and China. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly intends to introduce a new Treason Act, which will be the biggest change since 1695, in response to threats from Russia and China. At the same time, it hopes to use the “Treason Law” to plug legal loopholes such as the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, commonly referred to as Islamic State) that can move freely after returning home.
The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) has today laid before Parliament a report on Russia, examining the Russian threat to the UK and the UK's response. I welcome the report and thank the former Committee for the work that has gone into this; this has clearly been an extensive effort spanning almost two years.
The Daily Mail reported, that along with the new Treason Act, the new Espionage Act and the rewrite of the Official Secrets Act. The Espionage Act is to track foreign agents and Influential people. Official Secrets Act is to adapt to the changes in the digital age.
Boris Johnson to introduce a new Treason Act in the wake of the Russia report The package of support for security services will bring the UK in line with allies Sources say PM wants the new measures on the statute books 'within months' Boris Johnson is to give Britain's treason laws the biggest shakeup since 1695 in a bid to counter the growing threat of hostile states like Russia and China.
The report (Download Here) quoted multiple sources in Downing Street, as saying that Johnson is scheduled to be completed in a few months instead of years. Once the relevant legislation is completed, the UK’s ability to respond to related security risks will be upgraded to match that of its allies such as the US and Australia.
UK Government hopes to strengthen the response capabilities of the authorities, to reduce the threat posed by hostile countries in the UK, and make it more difficult for them to operate in the UK.
Under the new Treason Act, anyone who swears allegiance to a foreign power or organization will be criminalized, and they will be charged when they operate in the UK or try to enter the UK. This move is designed to plug legal loopholes. Just like some British Citizens joined the Islamic State before, but Britain side was unable to expose them to legal sanctions, because they did not act after they returned to the UK .
However, many people in Hong Kong have British nationality. The Hong Kong government currently requires civil servants to sign documents, confirming their support for the Basic Law and allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region when they are recruited, promoted or transferred. Law’s influence.
For the new Espionage Act, Britain side will set up a register of foreign powers operating in the United Kingdom, and will crack down on British Citizens who assist hostile countries. At the same time, National security and intelligence in Britain intends to take tougher measures to supervise British bankers, lawyers and service providers, because some of them try to sneak in grey area of the law, to assist hostile countries and foreign criminals.
The report of Russia Congress last week, mentioned that since the end of the Cold War, Britain’s National security and intelligence services have turned 96% of their forces to respond to terrorist threats, only 4% are responsible for responding to threats from enemy countries, prompting the UK government preparing to make adjustments.