LONDON (UK) – New powers allow British police to suspend, interrogate and detain people at borders on suspicion that espionage or foreign interference took effect on Thursday in response to a suspected chemical attack in 2018 on Russian civilians.
Russia has refused to play any role in the testimony of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, in the English village of Salbbury.
Britain has named Russian military lawyers as the main suspects in the case, which has led to the massive expulsion of Western spies from Russian spies and spies since the Cold War.
In response, Britain introduced a new law, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act of 2019, which includes new powers that have come into effect.
Known as schedule 3 powers, they will allow specially trained police officers to stand, question, and if necessary arrest and search people traveling in UK ports to determine whether they are involved in the work of a violent state.
The Home Office, or Interior Ministry, said the new system included strong protections such as the independent monitoring of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, as well as special protection for the privacy and information of journalists.
“The threat posed by the UK as a result of apartheid is growing and is constantly changing,” Home Affairs Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement.
“This new power sends a clear message to those affected that this government is not tolerating any of those who are working against British interests.”