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Insulate Britain pledges to continue civil resistance after High Court extends injunction

INSULATE Britain protesters pledged to continue their campaign of civil resistance after an injunction against demonstrations by the climate group was extended today.

A High Court judge extended a civil banning order that was granted to Transport for London (TfL) earlier this month with the aim of preventing the group from causing disruption to the capital’s busiest roads.

Insulate Britain members are also subject to three injunctions granted to National Highways, banning demonstrations on the M25, on other major roads around London and around the Port of Dover.

Mr Justice Lavender extended the TfL injunction, granted permission for the list of named individuals it covers to be amended and warned that the order could be further extended. 

Last week, the court heard that National Highways may now ask for a default or summary judgment — legal steps which would resolve the case against the protesters without a trial.

Breaching a court order can result in a committal for contempt of court, which may be punished with up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.

Retired GP Dr Diana Warner told the court that Insulate Britain is “intent on keeping the public safe” and is “committed to non-violence.”

The 62-year-old said that National Highways should slow traffic to 10 or 20 miles per hour when people are on the motorway.

She said she expects the Insulate Britain campaign to continue until she and its other activists receive “a meaningful statement from the government that we can trust.

“I’m willing to give up my freedom and my house. These are all the material things I have,” she said, adding that there is “everything to lose if we destroy the Earth that sustains us.”

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