This petition was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government

Petition Proscribe English Defence League (EDL)

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We call on the British government to give serious consideration to proscribing the English Defence League (EDL) under current anti-Terrorism legislation and the Racial and Religious hatred act.

This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months

28,455 signatures


Government responded

This response was given on 31 August 2013

As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department have provided the following response:

The e-petition requests that the Government considers the English Defence League (EDL) for proscription. While we keep the list of proscribed organisations under review, it is Government policy not to comment on whether or not a group is under consideration for proscription.

Legislation allows for a group to be proscribed in the UK only if the Secretary of State believes it is currently concerned in terrorism, within the meaning of the Terrorism Act 2000.

This e-petition remains open to signatures and will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.