DOWNING STREET has been thrown into chaos as Greenpeace after the group blockaded the Prime Minister’s residence.
The group placed themselves in front of the gates leading to Downing Street, with signs saying, “Boris: Stop Cambo”. A statue of the Prime Minister was also placed in front of the gates as the group sat on the ground accompanied with oil drums. The statue of the Prime Minister was also covered in handprints of oil in reference to the Cambo oilfield.
The Met Police said in a statement: “We are on scene at a protest outside Downing Street, Whitehall which is blocking part of the road.
“A number of activists have locked themselves to barrels in order to frustrate our response. Specialist units are on scene and cordons are in place. We’ll share updates soon.”
BP was granted a permit to develop the Vorlich oilfield off the east coast of Scotland.
Greenpeace had criticised the Government’s decision to allow the field to go ahead.
Ahead of the COP26 summit, they said the oilfield was a win for the fossil fuel industry.
Greenpeace also said the oilfield is not compatible with the Government’s agenda ahead of the summit in Glasgow.
Greenpeace had launched legal action in Scotland’s Court of Session against the oilfield.
However, the permit for the oilfield was deemed lawful by a panel of judges.
Industry body OGUK described the judgement as a victory for common sense and for the UK’s energy security.
Sustainability director Mike Tholen said: “If Greenpeace had won, it would have generated uncertainty among the hundreds of companies involved in producing the nation’s oil and gas.
“They might spend millions of pounds on getting a new oil or gas field licensed only to see it revoked by a court action.”
“Such a ruling would make them far less willing to invest in new fields, leading directly to a sharp decline in the UK’s oil and gas production and making the UK more reliant on imports.”
The summit will be held from October 31 to November 12 in Scotland.
In a speech to the UN last month, Mr Johnson called on world leaders to recognise the scale of the challenge the world faces.
He said: “The world – this precious blue sphere with its eggshell crust and wisp of an atmosphere – is not. “Brinkwire Summary News”.