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Home Office in the media: 5 April 2017

Home Office in the media

Today’s Home Office-related news includes coverage of the Prime Minister’s comments during her visit to the Gulf about the continuation of free movement after Brexit and further coverage of extremist content on the internet and social media platforms.

Prime Minister’s comments about free movement

There is widespread coverage of the Prime Minister’s indication that EU citizens could continue to come to Britain for several years post-Brexit, during a transitional phase.

Some newspapers, including the Telegraph, report free movement could continue for five years from now – until 2022.

The Prime Minster said: "Once we've agreed what the new relationship will be for the future, it will be necessary for there to be a period of time when businesses and governments are adjusting systems", and added Britain will have "control of our borders and control of our immigration."

The Government published a white paper on exiting the European Union in which it sets out plans to consider transitional arrangements.

Extremist content online

Articles in the Times, Telegraph and City A.M. discuss the crackdown on extremist content on the internet and social media platforms.

The Times and City A.M. report Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet, has been critical of plans for encrypted messaging services, while the Telegraph says Google’s ability to spot extremist videos has been questioned after researchers showed terrorists could crack the system.

The Today programme interviewed Robert Hannigan, the outgoing head of GCHQ, who said the pressure on tech companies to crack down on extremist content is growing.

The Home Secretary hosted a round table with communication service providers last week to discuss how government and industry could work to tackle the problem.

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