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Downing Street said David Cameron has "a very great deal of sympathy" for the aims of Tory MP Dominic Raab's amendment to the Immigration Bill, but declined to say whether the Government will back it if it comes to a vote.
If passed, Mr Raab's amendment would give agencies the ability to automatically deport foreign criminals, except in the most extreme cases.
Mr Cameron's spokesman told a media briefing: "The Prime Minister has a very great deal of sympathy with the objective of ensuring that we are able to deport people who have been convicted of a criminal offence. That is why the Bill itself takes significant action in this area."
However, he indicated that there were concerns about the "workability" of Mr Raab's proposals, because of the danger that they might be challenged in the courts.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has backed the Home Secretary's bid to strip British terror suspects of their citizenship.
Speaking during his weekly phone-in on LBC radio, the Lib Dem leader said, "I know it's controversial, but I think it's justifiable in a very, very small number of cases".
Mr Clegg said the Government should be able to revoke the citizenship of people who have are not born in Britain and "pose a real, real threat to the security of this country".
Legal charity Reprieve described the Home Secretary's bid to strip British terror suspects of their passports "a very alarming development".
A spokesman said the move "reverses a long-standing ban on citizenship-stripping where doing so would leave someone stateless".
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said "citizenship is a privilege, not a right" after the Home Secretary tabled a last-minute change to the Immigration Bill to allow the removal of a UK passport from terror suspects.
Mr Harper said: "Those who threaten this country's security put us all at risk. This Government will take all necessary steps to protect the public.
"These proposals will strengthen the Home Secretary's powers to ensure that very dangerous individuals can be excluded if it is in the public interest to do so."
Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, has said the Home Secretary's plans for British terror suspects to be potentially stripped of their citizenship even if it leaves them stateless are "irresponsible".
The Home Secretary has tabled a last-minute change to the Government's Immigration Bill so British terror suspects can be stripped of their citizenship even if it leaves them stateless.
Theresa May's amendment will allow the removal of a UK passport from any person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".
The move is seen as an apparent effort to appease Conservative backbenchers calling for tougher measures in the Immigration Bill which returns to the Commons tomorrow.
The Home Secretary already has the power to take away British citizenship from those with dual nationality, however, this change would allow her to make people stateless if they have been naturalised as a British citizen.
The government are hoping to avert a potential rebellion from backbenchers tomorrow as the Immigration Bill returns to the House of Commons.
A series of backbench amendments have won considerable support - and they go further than the government wants, on controlling immigration and deportation.
ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports.
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