Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, is putting up measures to enact additional enforcement powers to prevent eco-protesters from gridlocking Britain’s roadways.
It’s also believed that Mr Sunak includes instructions on how police might more effectively execute present legislation.
Officers have come under fire for failing to remove activists who had glued themselves to roadways and bridges while representing organisations like Just Stop Oil.
According to the Prime Minister, peaceful demonstration is a “democratic tradition,” but it must be “balanced with everyone else’s rights to go about their lives freely.”
According to the Prime Minister, peaceful demonstration is a “democratic tradition,” but it must be “balanced with everyone else’s rights to go about their lives freely.” We have been looking at how we can strengthen our laws to provide police with the clarity they need to stop serious disruption and will come forward with those plans in the coming weeks,” he added.
“We cannot and will not have protests conducted by a small minority disrupting the lives of the hard-working majority, preventing a mother taking their kids to school or cancer patients attending their hospital appointments.”
Protesters won’t be able to latch onto structures or impede infrastructure according to a new Public Order Bill, and repeat offenders may get preventative orders.
On the ConservativeHome website, Mr Sunak said that disruptive demonstrations were “not right and we’re going to put a stop to it,” indicating that additional authority would be needed.
Downing Street argued that the police may have more authority and clarity.
“It’s important we continually look at ensuring police have any powers or clarity they need to act,” the PM’s spokesperson said.
“We need to look at if more is needed, given the change of approach we’ve seen with new tactics.”