The Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021 comes into force on 16 July and adds The Base to the list of organisations that are proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000. The Terrorism Act 2006 also provides that an offence in connection with membership of a proscribed organisation have extra-territorial jurisdiction, having effect that where a person takes an action outside of the UK that if done in the UK would have amounted to an offence under the Act, they shall be guilty of that offence. For some relevant offences providing support and wearing of uniforms and images), they only apply if at the time of committing the offence the person is a UK national or a UK resident. The Home Office explains that The Base is a predominantly US-based militant white supremacist group, formed in 2018. It draws influence from a collection of essays which advocate for the use of violence to initiate the collapse of modern society through a ‘race war’ and the subsequent creation of a white ethno-state – this ideology is known as ‘accelerationism’. It has links with other internationally-based National Socialist groups and individuals and seeks to provide terrorist training, guidance and networking.
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