Law

Fact checks about UK law, how legal systems work, justice and human rights.

25 August 2021

Video makes misleading claims about birth certificates and the law

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

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Video makes misleading claims about birth certificates and the law
18 August 2021

Magna Carta can’t be used to seize Edinburgh Castle

Claims that the historic law can be used to lawfully dissent against the government are completely untrue.

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Magna Carta can’t be used to seize Edinburgh Castle
29 July 2021

Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day

Social media posts have misleadingly suggested tanks were deployed in Paris in response to protests.

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Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day
15 June 2021

More than 30 people are allowed to protest

Under current Covid-19 regulations, more than 30 people can protest in England if it has been organised by an accepted body and risk assessments have taken place.

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More than 30 people are allowed to protest
20 May 2021

Can I go to amber list countries?

There have been conflicting reports on the reasons you can travel to amber status countries from England.

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Can I go to amber list countries?
17 May 2021

Animal sentience in UK law

Animal welfare laws in the UK already acknowledge that animals can feel pain and suffer, but it has not been spelled out explicitly that they are sentient as in EU …

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Animal sentience in UK law
14 May 2021

A George Floyd mural in Manchester was not chosen over a Lee Rigby memorial

A Facebook post falsely claims that Manchester councillors approved a George Floyd mural over one of Lee Rigby.

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A George Floyd mural in Manchester was not chosen over a Lee Rigby memorial
11 May 2021

You don’t usually need photo ID to pick up a parcel

This was suggested by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson and Gillian Keegan MP in defence of plans to require voters to have photo ID.

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You don’t usually need photo ID to pick up a parcel
22 April 2021

Here’s what you should know about the Lobbying Act

The Greensill story has brought the legislation back under public scrutiny, but disagreements over it are nothing new.

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Here’s what you should know about the Lobbying Act
19 April 2021

Street fight was not filmed when lockdown eased in England

A film of a brawl in a city centre street was not taken in Luton as the pubs re-opened.

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Street fight was not filmed when lockdown eased in England

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