Boris Johnson has vowed to put an end to the “reckless and selfish” eco-terrorists wreaking havoc on Britain’s highways.
The Prime Minister promised greater action against those who seek to “inflict chaos and misery” on working people ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Environmental protestors have been bringing the country’s highways to a halt for weeks.
Since the beginning of September, the radical group Insulate Britain has staged eleven protests on roads.
The activists have caused hours of traffic delays by glueing themselves to the roads. Despite a High Court temporary injunction prohibiting such activity, the group has continued to block roadways.
Mr Johnson promised to put an end to the eco-warriors’ folly once and for all by increasing police power to put an end to the protests.
“This Government will always stand on the side of the law-abiding majority and ensure the toughest penalties possible for criminals who deliberately bring major roads to a standstill,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“We will give the police the powers they need to stop their reckless and selfish behaviour.”
“The right to protest is sacrosanct, but there is no right to inflict chaos and misery on people trying to go about their lives.”
As he prepares to rally Tory members at the party’s annual conference, he sends a strong message. MPs and party activists are dissatisfied with the lack of action taken against the eco-terrorists. Insulate Britain is a subsidiary of Extinction Rebellion, founded by one of the company’s founders.
To help curb carbon emissions, it wants the government to insulate all homes in the UK by 2030. According to sources, ministers are ready to change the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill to address the wreaking havoc.
The Bill has previously passed the House of Commons and is now being debated in the House of Lords.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has already created controversy with the law, with activists accusing her of restricting the right to protest.
If voted into law, the bill would impose additional limits on some rallies that are likely to disrupt daily life.
They contain guidelines for noise levels and duration. More than 300 people have been arrested as a result of the Insulate Britain protests so far. Despite the fact that their actions are illegal by the interim high court injunction, they have pledged to continue.
They added in a statement: “We are deeply concerned that with rising fuel bills and not enough action on insulation, there will be further unnecessary suffering and deaths among the most vulnerable this winter.”
“It’s not just cold and hungry Britain, it’s billions of pounds wasted on fuel costs for everyone.”
“Failing to help hardworking families, failing to stop poverty fuel deaths, failing to protect the country we love from the biggest threat it has ever faced.”
“We need our Government to keep us safe. Boris, get on with the job.”