Three senior judges refused permission for Occupy London activists to appeal against an eviction this morning, Wednesday.
This means that the authorities can now legally clear their camp at St Paul’s cathedral in central London.
Occupy London activists have vowed to continue the fight. Protesters may remain at the site without their tents.
Campaigners set up the camp on 15 October last year after a court order banned them from protesting on the property of the London Stock Exchange. They want to highlight economic inequality and social injustice.
The camp currently hosts some 150 tents.
Michael Paget is the lawyer for occupier Tammy Semede, who was named in the court proceedings.
Paget said, “Throughout this process the seriousness of Occupy’s message has never been questioned. It was recognised by the trial judge and the Court of Appeal.
“The Occupy message has been heard and will continue to be heard. It has made a difference and it will continue to make a difference.”
A general assembly is set to take place tonight at the camp to decide Occupy London’s response to the development.