The chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation has said he is sceptical of the leaders of the English Defence League leaving the group:
I met Tommy Robinson last week and during that meeting he indicted that he was leaving the EDL because he couldn't control the extremist group, impact on his family and wider legal cases he faces.
At no stage did he reject his previous disgusting attacks on Islam and Muslims or apologise to the British people for the millions wasted policing their protests.
I cannot take Tommy Robinson or Kevin Carroll's announcement seriously until they reject their fascist views on Islam and Muslims and would caution other organisations celebrating this announcement as a massive personal achievement.
– Mohammed Shafiq, Ramadhan Foundation Chief Executive
The anti-extremism organisation Quilliam claims it has helped English Defence League leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll to leave the group.
A press release from Quilliam claims the pair have decided to leave the group because they "feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay".
It cites Tommy Robinson as saying: "I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.
"I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”