Theresa May admitted that a terrorist attack on the United Kingdom is highly likely but delivered a staunch message to those who threaten the country’s values.
Speaking during the visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mrs May declared that the terrorists “will not win”, despite a rise in the number of attacks around Europe. She accused them of attempting to undermine the freedom enjoyed across the continent and added it was vital for all countries to work together to overcome them.
“One thing of which we are absolutely clear is that the terrorists will not prevail,” she said.
“They are trying to destroy our way of life; they are trying to destroy our values. We have shared values and those values will win through and the terrorists will not win.”
Both leaders offered their condolences to those affected by the horrific attack in Normandy on the morning of July 26, which saw a priest have his throat slit as he was celebrating Mass.
Shoulder to Shoulder
The Prime Minister promised the government’s support France and said that Britain stood “shoulder to shoulder” with its neighbours.
She also confirmed that the terror threat level for the UK currently stands at “severe”, meaning that there is a significant chance of a terrorist attack affecting the country.
Both France and Germany have suffered multiple fatalities in a series of acts of terrorism over the past few weeks. Analysts tracking extremism online said that images threatening atrocities in London and other western capital cities have been widely posted on a jihadi messaging app.
Meanwhile Scotland Yard has advised churches in the capital to upgrade their security arrangements amid fears of an attack similar to that carried out in Normandy.
Speaking alongside Mrs May in Downing Street, Mr Kenny affirmed that the Irish government will continue to work with the UK in terms of sharing information about terrorist activity.