BRITAIN First leader Paul Golding has been charged with terror offences.
The leader of the far-right group was charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act after he refused to give police access to his phone.
He was stopped last October at Heathrow Airport on a trip back from the Russian parliament in Moscow by officers from the Met Police’s counter-terrorism command.
He refused to give the Pin codes for a number of his electronic devices.
Golding, 38, was charged with refusing to comply with a duty under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.
A Met spokesman said Golding, of Bexley in south-east London, was charged by postal requisition on Wednesday.
He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 27 February.
In a statement Golding said he was not a terrorist and described the charges as “an abuse of legislation”.
Schedule 7 allows police to interrogate, search and detain anyone for up to six hours at UK ports.
It is designed to determine whether an individual is involved in the “commission, preparation or instigation” of acts of terrorism.
Britain First achieved short notoriety back in 2017 after Donald Trump retweeted twitter posts by the party’s ex-deputy leader, Jayda Fransen.
The group was fined more than £44,000 last July for what the Electoral Commission said were multiple breaches of electoral law, including undeclared donations and a failure to provide proper accounts.