Ministers fear the repatriation of children and wives of Islamic state suspects from Syria could pave the way for dozens of jihadis to use human rights laws to return to the UK, sources have disclosed.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is among ministers understood to be concerned that the women’s husbands could claim that to deny them a right to return to the UK would be a breach of their human right to a family life.
Their fears appeared justified as a lawyer who has represented families of Isil suspects said they would be covered by human rights laws.
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The Conservative manifesto pledges to reform the human rights laws but it is not clear whether the concerns about the families would be covered…