National Action is the first extreme right-wing group to be banned by the Government

The Government has confirmed that it will be banning the right-wing group National Action under the Terrorism Act 2000. The group was created in 2013 and now that it has been banned it is a criminal offence for the group to continue to exist or for anyone to invite support for it.

The group had an estimated 60 to 100 members and had made attempts to increase its membership at a number of UK universities. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said in a statement:

“As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first. National Action is a racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology. It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.

Proscribing it will prevent its membership from growing, stop the spread of poisonous propaganda and protect vulnerable young people at risk of radicalisation from its toxic views”.