What are EDOs?

Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) will restrict the activities of people the Government thinks are engaged in ‘extreme activities’ – even if they have not broken the law.

Extremism Disruption Orders will go “beyond terrorism” and “eliminate extremism in all its forms”.

George Osborne

Chancellor of the Exchequer

EDOs will also apply to “venues and facilitators” that are deemed to help extremists.

These proposals have been criticised by the media, lawyers, police officers and security experts, who have warned that innocent people will fall foul of the law for merely holding unpopular, traditional or challenging views.


It appears likely that an individual could face prosecution and a possible jail sentence for breaching the EDOs conditions.

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The efforts to control extremism and limit protest by those caught by too wide a definition may undermine the very rights and British values you seek to protect

Sir Peter Fahy

Former Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

The government has created an impossible bind for itself: in the name of protecting our values, it’s now seeking to undermine the most fundamental value of all for democracy – freedom of expression. This is a deeply misguided policy that will not only stigmatise minorities, it will criminalise political speech across society and introduce a culture of caution

Jo Glanville

English PEN

I have a serious problem with action to drive underground people who are described as ‘extremists’, which could be applied to people with a whole range of views.

Vince Cable

Former Business Secretary

the Conservatives have just introduced thoughtpolicing, the punishment of people not for what they do but for what they *say*

Brendan O'Neill

The Spectator

Extremism Disruption Orders could be a disaster area for people from all the mainstream religions and none.

Rev Dr Mike Ovey

Principal, Oak Hall Theological College

In the current climate, there is a real risk that EDOs will be used to clamp down on legitimate expressions of dissent.

The Christian Institute

It makes an absolute mockery, a nonsense, of the very values that we’re trying to defend.

Claire Fox

Institute of Ideas

While it is absolutely right that the government wants to engage with and challenge extremist ideas, remember what those ideas are about...Those ideas are about attacks on civil liberties so it seems to us deeply ironic that the government's response is to restrict our civil liberties which is exactly what these proposals would entail.


Without precise legislative definitions, deciding what are ‘harmful activities of extremist individuals who spread hate’ is subjective and therefore open to abuse now or by any future authoritarian government.

National Secular Society

The very definition—the heart—of a free, liberal society is that we should be free to offend each other, and that is what is at stake in this new debate.

Nick Clegg MP

One can imagine already the powers being used against harmless evangelical street preachers or the like, out of misplaced zeal and a desire to demonstrate that they are not directed against one religion alone.

Sir Jonathan Evans

Former Head of MI5

Restricting free speech, and forcing those who hold views inimical to our own into the shadows, is an authoritarian act that will only serve to further alienate those susceptible to extremist views.

David Davis

Former Shadow Home Secretary

The Home Office will soon, for the first time, assume responsibility for a new counter-extremism strategy that goes beyond terrorism. It will aim to undermine and eliminate extremism in all its forms – not just Islamist extremism – and it will aim to build up society to identify extremism, confront it, challenge it and defeat it.

George Osborne

Chancellor of the Exchequer