Despite the Muslim Brotherhood being declared a terrorist group by Egypt for its funding and support of al-Qaeda, the UK government confirms that Brotherhood members and their affiliates are welcome to ‘operate freely’ on British soil, where they have just opened a London headquarters.
AHRAM The UK government has expressed its conviction that membership or links to the Muslim Brotherhood is not proof of extremism, adding that Brotherhood activists are free to operate in the UK so long as they respect its national laws.
A number of Brotherhood leaders and activists who fled to the UK following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi are politically and publicly active against the military-backed government in Egypt.
“The UK allows members of all political groups to operate freely, provided they do not break UK law or immigration rules,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Ahram Online.
London has rejected the Egyptian government’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, insisting the group is legal in the UK. Furious about Brotherhood activists being allowed to reside in, and operate from, UK soil, Egyptian media figures and politicians have accused the UK government of promoting terrorism and extremism.