National Action has become the first extreme-right wing group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation since the order was laid out in Parliament and came into effect on Friday 16th December. National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic neo-Nazi group that was established in 2013 and has a number of branches across the UK.
Proscription makes it a criminal offence to belong or support National Action and is a valuable weapon in the armoury available to the police and security service to disrupt terrorist activity.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first.
“So today I am taking action to proscribe the neo-Nazi group National Action. This will mean that being a member of, or inviting support for, this organisation will be a criminal offence.
“National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it. It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”
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