A British neo-Nazi group is set to be labeled a terrorist organization and proscribed by the government, after they were accused of glorifying violence in the wake of the murder of Labour Jo Cox by white nationalist Thomas Mair.
An order has been laid in Parliament on Monday and is set to take effect later this week. Under the rules, membership can be punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
This would be the first time at a neo-Nazi youth movement is banned under terror laws in the United Kingdom, adding it to the ranks of al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Although National Action describes itself as a “National Socialist youth organisation […] aimed at the broken right-wing,” it has been identified as a fascist outfit, ideologically aligned with other neo-Nazi groups in Europe.
The group holds occasional rallies around the UK, and one event in York is pictured above.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd called it “a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organization” that has “no place in Britain.”
In the weeks leading up to the Brexit vote, the far-right group praised the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox including tweeting a picture of her murderer, white nationalist Thomas Mair, with the caption: “#VoteLeave, don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain. #Jo Cox would have filled Yorkshire with more subhumans.”
The listing for National Action’s website on Google is followed by the slogan “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain!” — a phrase pronounced by Mair in court during his trial.
However, despite attempts by far-right groups to hijack anti-EU sentiment, they have found no support among mainstream Brexiteers.
One National Action member, Garron Helm, was sent to prison in 2014 after he admitted to tweeting a picture of Labour MP Luciana Berger, a Holocaust-era Star of David photoshopped onto her forehead with the caption “Hitler was right.”
Proscription will make it a criminal offense to be member of, recruit or in any way show support for the group.
Penalties for offenses can be a maximum of 10 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
The order will be debated in parliament before officially taking effect on Friday.