Thursday, 7 Dec 2023

Rishi Sunak calls emergency Cobra meeting amid fears over Remembrance march

Pro-Palestine protesters gather in central London for fourth week

An urgent Cobra meeting has been called this afternoon to consider the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict in the UK.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden will chair the meeting on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said “it will look a wide range of areas but it’s obviously particularly focused on the impact of the terrorist attack on the UK domestically” and how to address important issues around “community cohesion”.

It comes amid controversy over a pro-Palestine protest planned for Remembrance Day with calls for it to be banned.

Rishi Sunak believes the march on this Saturday would be “provocative and disrespectful”.

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His official spokesman said operational decisions on whether to ban the planned march in London were for the Metropolitan Police.

But the spokesman said the Government would “carefully consider” any application to prevent the march.

The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister himself does not think it’s right for these sorts of protests to be scheduled on Armistice Day.

“He believes that is provocative and disrespectful.”

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