Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'Shamima Begum is a terrible person, but she's OUR problem'

Julia Hartley-Brewer has said Shamima Begum is Britain's problem, after the so-called Islamic State bride lost a bid to regain her British citizenship.

"I think she's a terrorist, I don't want her here walking the streets. But she's British, full stop. She's our problem," she said.

The 23-year-old lost her appeal on Wednesday on national security grounds at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).

Her lawyer Gareth Pierce called the ruling “an extraordinary judgment delivered in an extraordinary way,” adding her fight was not over.

“The outcome we face is that no British child who has been trafficked outside the UK will be protected by the British state if the Home Secretary invokes national security,” she said.

Ms Begum was 15 when she travelled from Bethnal Green, east London, through Turkey and into territory controlled by Islamic State in 2015, before her citizenship was revoked in February 2019.

UK Immigration lawyer Harjap Singh Bhangal told Julia Ms Begum likely lost her appeal because her parents were not born in the UK.

Julia said Ms Begum was not groomed by Islamic State and she knew what she was doing.

"If she was called Sharon Smith, we wouldn't be having this debate. She's never expressed any regret for anything ISIS have done, such as the Manchester Arena bombing.

"But she should be dealt with by the courts and system here. Making people stateless doesn't make any sense!

"I think she's a terrible person, but she's our problem."