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You may use "reasonable force" to remove yourself from the situation. So long as the force you are using is for the pure purpose of leaving and is not to cause the other person harm then no offence would be committed.
It is far better however to ask them to move and warn that if they do not let you out you will call the Police. If they utterly refuse, the call the Police rather than push your way out. Otherwise things might escalate and you could be harmed. Also, you could be accused of doing something you didn't do, it will be your word against theirs if that person ends up injured.
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Well, it is technically false imprisonment but only if the person physically stops you from leaving i.e. grabs you as you try to get past and won't let you out or holds the door handle and won't let go.
Even if it is not technically an offence i.e. they are not physically stopping you leaving but you are fearful of them the Police will usually come out and try to resolve things for you.