At first glance, Shamima Begum and I don’t have much in common. She fled Britain when she was a schoolgirl to join Islamic State. I came to the UK from Sri Lanka in 2005 and qualified here as a public and human rights lawyer. I became a British citizen in 2015.Naga Kandiah, a solicitor at MTC Solicitors is worried.
Like Begum, I too could be stripped of my British citizenship without warning under a proposed rule change quietly added to the nationality and borders bill, thanks to a provision known as clause 9.
Well, Naga, are you planning to flee the country and join a terrorist group? Because if you aren't, I'd say you've got nothing to worry about...
How does the government define what is in the public interest? Could that include displeasing the government of the day, even if no crime is committed and no law is broken?
Good grief, no! That'd make us like some sort of Third World banana republic, like...well, Sri Lanka, or something.
The Home Office has said that British citizenship is a privilege, not a right.
Which very, very few people disagree with. Unless they are paid - and no doubt paid well 0 to, of course.
Psychologically, the rug of our secure lives here is being pulled from under our feet. Those of us among the 5.6 million who are people of colour will sleep less easily in our beds if this clause becomes law.
The rest of us will sleep a lot sounder because of it, however.