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Debate in UK House of Commons: MPs Urge Government to Proscribe Iran’s IRGC

A view of the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster

On February 6, the United Kingdom House of Commons witnessed a debate on Iran, with the presence of Minister for Security Tom Tugendhat. Several British MPs urged the U.K. government to support the Iranian people’s uprising by proscribing the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).  

In his remarks, Hon. Tom Tugendhat condemned the Iranian regime’s efforts to silence dissidents in the UK, citing a report by the MI5 in this regard. “The Home Secretary and I are working with our partners across Government to ensure that all tools at our disposal are used to protect individuals in the UK against any threats from the Iranian state,” he said.  

MP Sharma criticized the ability of the IRGC commanders to “travel to the UK and store their stolen wealth almost with impunity. The people of Iran are fighting back.”  

In response Minister Tugendhat said: “The IRGC is a vicious organization, and its first victims are the Iranian people, who have been brutalized and murdered by that despotic regime for far too long. I hope he will be encouraged by the actions the UK Government is taking at the moment in looking into various of these areas, and also by the work being done by some of our partners. It is interesting to note that, of the so-called E3+3, Germany, and France appear to be looking at proscribing the IRGC, as the United States has already done.”  

Rt. Hon. MP Theresa Villiers, a former government Minister, urged the government to “shut down the Islamic center in Maida Vale, which is the voice of the supreme leader,” in the UK, underlining that this center shouldn’t “have charitable status.”  

In his remarks, conservative MP Bob Blackman underlined, “Clearly, the threat from the IRGC to people in this country—be they opposition journalists reporting on what is going on in Iran at the moment or UK citizens—is paramount.” He asked if the government would proscribe the IRGC, as this decision is supported by all political parties in the parliament.  

Rt. Hon. Holly Lync, the shadow Minister of the Home Office from the Labour Party, spoke next. “The Minister has been explicit, as have others, about the threat we face in the UK from the Iranian regime. I really welcome what he has said, and we stand ready to work with him on this issue, but the truth is that we have not seen anything like the sanctions and immigration controls that have been deployed against Russia being deployed against Iran,” he said in her remarks. She urged the government to proscribe the IRGC in its entirety as the terrorist entity that it is.  

As protests continue in Iran, the issue of blacklisting the IRGC has become a hot topic in European countries. If taken, this action ends decades of a wrong appeasement policy, which has been dominant in the European Union for decades. This policy has been to IRGC’s benefit, as the terrorist entity dominates Iran’s economy, using the national wealth to export terrorism and oppress Iranians.