The UK government has conceded a legal challenge over its appointment of a vocal advocate of the Prevent strategy to review the controversial counter-terrorism policy by withdrawing his appointment.

In a letter on Thursday to Rights Watch (UK), a human rights group which Middle East Eye first reported was set to challenge Lord Carlile’s appointment in a judicial review, the government said that Carlile would no longer be conducting the Prevent review.

“It is made clear at the outset that the government has full confidence that Lord Carlile has carried out the review to date with rigour and an open mind; and the decision not to defend the proceedings in no way calls into question his integrity or fair-mindedness. However, his appointment has been concluded,” the letter said.

Source: UK government drops Lord Carlile as Prevent reviewer after legal challenge | Middle East Eye