Terrorist attacks underline that the threat to the UK, British Nationals and our interests abroad, is current and very real.
The vast majority of these threats come from outside the UK and cannot be tackled by focusing efforts in the UK alone. We must address those threats before they manifest themselves on our shores.
FCO co-ordinates and helps deliver HMG work to counter terrorism overseas. We work under the cross-government Strategy for Countering International Terrorism (CONTEST). The aim of CONTEST is “to reduce the risk from international terrorism so that people can go about their daily lives freely and with confidence”, and it has 4 work-streams:
These are commonly referred to as the 'Four Ps'.
We help prevent people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists in the UK and abroad.
We’re doing this by:
We are working to detect and investigate terrorist networks and disrupt their activities .
We’re doing this by:
We seek to reduce the vulnerability of this country and its interest overseas from terrorist attack .
We reduce vulnerability by:
We are working to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack where it cannot be stopped This includes work to manage an ongoing attack and recover from its aftermath.
We ensure this by:
To ensure that our activities remain focussed, targeted, and appropriate, we have committed to review a number of aspects of CONTEST:
The purpose of the review is to look at the issues of security and civil liberties in relation to the most sensitive and controversial counter-terrorism and security powers and, consistent with protecting the public and where possible, to provide a correction in favour of liberty.
For more information please see the Home Office website
Prevent will remain a paramount strand of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy. We continue to ensure that Prevent efforts overseas are effective and properly focused.
The Prime Minister commissioned Sir Peter Gibson to lead an independent inquiry into UK involvement with detainees in overseas counter-terrorism operations.