Islamic State bride Shamima Begum has claimed the Government’s decision to revoke her British citizenship is “unjust”.
The 19-year-old, who left the UK to travel to Syria aged 15, said she was “a bit shocked” when she learned of the move by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
She suggested she may now seek citizenship in the Netherlands, where her husband is from.
Meanwhile, Mr Javid suggested the action to prevent Ms Begum returning will have no impact on her baby son’s nationality.
While insisting he could not discuss individual cases, he told the Commons: “Children should not suffer. So, if a parent does lose their British citizenship, it does not affect the rights of their child.”
On Wednesday, Ms Begum was shown a copy of a Home Office letter setting out the action against her.
Speaking at a refugee camp in Syria, she said: “I don’t know what to say. I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked.
“It’s a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it’s a bit unjust on me and my son.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking to read. My family made it sound like it would be a lot easier for me to come back to the UK when I was speaking to them in Baghuz. It’s kind of hard to swallow.”
She suggested other returnees are “being sent back to Britain”, telling ITV News: “I don’t know why my case is any different to other people, or is it just because I was on the news four years ago?
“Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland.
“Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison.”
Mr Javid delivered a staunch defence of the Government’s ability to use the citizenship powers to prevent the return of “dangerous individuals”.
He told MPs that the step was never taken lightly, adding: “But when someone turns their back on the fundamental values and supports terror, they don’t have an automatic right to return to the UK.
“We must put the safety and security of our country first and I will not hesitate to act to protect it.”
While refusing to discuss individual cases, he made clear that each is “carefully considered on its own merits, regardless of gender, age or family status”.
Ms Begum fled the UK in February 2015 with two other girls from the same school in east London.
Last week, she declared that she wanted to come home with her son.
Her comments sparked intense debate about the UK’s responsibilities to those seeking to return from Syria.
The case took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when it emerged Mr Javid had opted to strip Ms Begum of her British citizenship.
The British Nationality Act 1981 provides the Home Secretary with the power to take such action if it is “conducive to the public good”.
A protracted legal battle over the move is now looming. International law forbids nations from making people stateless.
The move prompted speculation that Ms Begum, who is reportedly of Bangladeshi heritage, holds dual nationality or would be eligible for citizenship of another country.
However her family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee told the Press Association she was born in the UK, has never had a Bangladeshi passport and is not a dual citizen.
Lord Carlile, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said Ms Begum could challenge the decision, and described it as a “complex issue” that could take a while to resolve.
“It could run for a very long time through the courts,” he told BBC Breakfast. “I suspect that the result is going to be that she will stay where she is for maybe two years at least.”
Mr Javid emphasised that the Government follows international law.
“An individual can only be deprived of British citizenship where it will not leave that individual stateless, where they are a dual national, or in some limited circumstances they have the right to citizenship elsewhere,” he said.
Figures for 2017 show that 104 people were deprived of their British citizenship – up from 14 in the previous year.