UK to announce a bill to counter Russia and China - report

UK to announce a bill to counter Russia and China - report

Foreign spies operating in Britain face being prosecuted and deported under new laws to protect the nation from "hostile states" such as China and Russia.

Boris Johnson will use the Queen’s Speech on May 11 to announce a bill to counter hostile states, including a requirement for all individuals working on behalf of foreign governments in Britain to register their presence. Failure to do so would be a criminal offence, The Times reported.

The government will also update the “archaic” Official Secrets Act so it can be used against individuals who try to undermine Britain’s interests from abroad, including cyberhackers working on behalf of hostile states. Johnson is determined to press ahead with the measures amid mounting concern over the activities of Russia and China.

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