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Covid, the courts and the Magna Carta

A few weeks ago, a group of 25 church leaders, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, filed a legal action challenging the government’s lockdown of churches as an unconstitutional invasion of church liberties.

Comment David Shepherd
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Memorial in Runnymede commemorates the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215 by King John | photo: iStock

In their pre-action letter, lawyers acting on behalf of the group cited Clause 1 of the Magna Carta as an unrevoked guarantee of religious freedom for the church: ‘that the Church of England shall be free and shall have all her whole Rights and Liberties inviolable.’