Public reaction to the fuel crisis in the autumn of 2000, the foot and mouth disease and the impact of serious flooding in the first half of 2001, have all contributed to concerns about the preparedness of the UK local, regional and national governments to deal with a broad range of contingencies. Recognition of the changing nature of the terrorist threat in Northern Ireland and recent bomb attacks in a number of cities (notably in London and Birmingham in 2001), have been further catalysts in encouraging the British government to reassess the relevance of its approach to terrorism. These events have generated an urgent need for new pieces of legislation or crucial reforms of the existing legislative framework. The sense of urgency of this task has increased in intensity with the realisation of the scale and impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. In this post 9/11 security environment and aware of potential attacks on its mainland and overseas interests (not least because of its role as a major US ally in the war on terrorism), the UK government has taken various measures with the aim of preparing for, withstanding and recovering from threats or contingencies that might disrupt its normal functioning. This research project analysed the UK's legislative response to these challenges.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/04 → 31/03/04|
- SPAIS Global Insecurities Centre