Protest, Parliament and the rule of law

Document type
Discussion paper
Walton, Richard
Policy Exchange
Date of publication
9 September 2019
Social welfare
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This discussion paper examines the right to protest in the context of the parliamentary debate on Brexit.

Static protests can only be banned if the police have a serious concern that public disorder will occur and believe that it is likely to be held on private land without the permission of the owner of the land.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no special legislation in place which prevents protest in and around Parliament and Whitehall, aside from a rather obscure act (Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) that restricts camping and the using of loud hailers.

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