M25 protesters will continue blocking road

‘WE fully understand the consequences’.

That was the message from climate change activists after an injunction was granted which means they will face prison if they continue to block the M25.

The activist group Insulate Britain has made headlines around the UK after blocking the motorway and disrupting traffic for eight days.

Members of the activist group included protesters from Kendal and the South Lakes, two of whom were arrested.

The National Highways has been granted an injunction which will come into effect today.

Activists have taken part in the demonstration in an attempt to provoke the Government into action around insulating Britain’s homes.

A spokesman for Insulate Britain, who lives in Cumbria but wanted to remain anonymous, said: “There have been multiple arrests already and most recently a court injunction has been issued against the activists.

“But they’re not going anywhere.

“They knew the stakes and they’re not giving up.

“They’ve been going on for about eight days but they’ll keep going until our demand is met.

“We demand the government make a commitment to insulate the housing of Britain, particularly social housing.

“We want a serious response from them.”

Despite the injunction being made against them, the group say they are prepared for prison.

“They made it clear they’re prepared to go to jail and they fully understand the risks,” he said.

“No-one has been imprisoned yet but so many have been arrested. A lot of the time it’s the same people who let themselves be arrested.

“We have no concerns about this escalation because we’re committed to this.

“We fully understand the consequences.

“Our movement is growing and we are seeing more people from the South Lakes joining us too.

“Boris Johnson can sort this with a single phone call. Just commit to insulating the housing stock.”

The group demands:

1) That the UK government immediately promises to fully fund and take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain by 2025;

2) That the UK government immediately promises to produce within four months a legally binding national plan to fully fund and take responsibility for the full low-energy and low-carbon whole-house retrofit, with no externalise costs, of all homes in Britain by 2030 as part of a just transition to full decarbonisation of all parts of society and the economy

Making a statement to the Commons, Home Office minister Kit Malthouse said: “We do not change policies or make policies in this country though mob rule or being held to ransom, and these people should not suppose for one moment that the public is with them.”

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