Media: Johnson will revise a number of laws amid concerns over Russia
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is going to revise the laws of treason, state secrets and espionage amid fears over the "interference" of Russia in British policy and deteriorating relations with China, reports the Daily Mail newspaper, citing sources.
It is expected that changes in the law of treason would make criminal those who swear allegiance to a foreign state and trying to enter the UK or operating in the territory of the country. In case of acceptance of amendments it will become a most serious revision of the law of treason from 1695 and allow you to get rid of legal loopholes in the law.
According to the newspaper, Ministers are considering changes to three laws on the background of the report of the Committee of the British Parliament on intelligence about the alleged Russian interference in British politics and deteriorating relations with China, as well as a lack of legislative acts, which the militants of the terrorist organizations back in the UK with impunity.
"We intend to increase the effectiveness of the response to mitigate the threats posed by the hostile activities of States in the UK and make the UK a more difficult environment for the activities of opponents", — told the newspaper source in the British government.
Last week, the British foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a written statement to Parliament said that Russia "almost certainly" tried to intervene in the British elections of 2019, and that on this fact criminal investigation.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of trying to influence the democratic processes in different countries, as the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called them "completely unfounded". Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking about alleged Russian intervention in elections in different countries, said that there are no facts confirming it, no.