The investigation will look into the Brotherhood's "philosophy, activities and impact" on the country's national interest at home and abroad and Britain's own policy towards the brotherhood. In a written statement, a Downing Street spokesman wrote:
"The Muslim Brotherhood has risen in prominence in recent years, but our understanding of the organization -- its philosophy and values -- has not kept pace with this."
The spokesman further wrote:
"Given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it's absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims and what that means for Britain."
The investigation will be handled by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
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