Government 'boycott ban': what it really means

22 February 2016 - 9:00am
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The government’s new procurement guidance, now known popularly as the ‘boycott ban’, is a disturbing attempt to clampdown on the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The language is clearly intimidatory, but it does not ban boycotts.

On 14 February The Sunday Times reported that Cabinet Minister Matt Hancock would announce new procurement guidance for public authorities. The article, along with a flurry of follow-ups, suggested that the new guidance would criminalise and penalise boycotting institutions, and that these new regulations would apply to university student unions as well as public institutions. The press went wild with the story and started to use the term ‘boycott ban’. 

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