Climate campaigners hurting their own cause with motorway blockades, says PM

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Boris Johnson has accused global warming campaigners of harming his own cause by disrupting daily life with stunts such as repeatedly blocking motorways.

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Mr Johnson said Insulate Britain protesters targeted M25 junctions in Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire, detracting from the climate emergency message at a time when it was increasingly being taken on board by the British.

He said the government was right to take new powers to move protesters when they threatened critical infrastructure such as roads and railways or took direct action that risked doing “serious economic damage”.


Mr Johnson was arresting 41 people on Monday morning in the latest Insulate Britain protests on London’s Orbital Motorway and other major transport links.

Climate activists blocked the clockwise exit slip route at Junction 18, Chorleywood, Harts, while a separate protest took place near Junction Four of the A1(M) near Hatfield.

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In a third incident, Kent Police prevented protesters from reaching the M25 carriageway at Junction 1a, the Dartford River Crossing.

Insulate is calling on the UK government to urgently bring forward a legally binding plan for insulation retrofitting across the UK by 2030 as a means of cutting carbon emissions.

Founder Roger Hallam, a former Extinction Rebel activist, has said he intended to humiliate Mr Johnson at the Cop26 global warming summit held in Glasgow in November, pretending he was jailing hundreds of climate campaigners at the same time. ready to put in. Urging world leaders to cut emissions.

Speaking during a trip to the US for a crucial preparatory meeting ahead of Cop26, Mr Johnson drew his fire on those responsible for three motorway blockades in the space of five days.

“I don’t think these people do any favors for their cause,” the prime minister said. “I think what they do is detract from a very important ethical mission that is widely shared by the people of this country.”

He said Home Secretary Priti Patel was right to demand that the police take action against her against the “guerilla tactics” of the “selfish” protesters.

“We are taking powers to be able to move protesters when they are threatening serious economic damage when they are endangering critical national infrastructure,” the prime minister said. “I think it’s absolutely right.”


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