RISHI Sunak hopes to see off a major Tory rebellion over ECHR this week – as top Tories agree to put off their fight for another day.
A group of rebels are confident No10 will instead back moves to toughen up the new Illegal Migration Bill when it comes back to the Commons.
Rishi Sunak is hoping to see off a major Tory rebellion
The Home Secretary spoke with MPs last week over a string of amendments to the bill, with more talks with rebels in the coming days.
They are hopeful of changes which would allow Britain to effectively ignore section 39 orders to injunct flights – and to dis-apply more parts of the ECHR instead of leaving it totally.
Some rebel hardliners have climbed down and promised not to push a number of their changes to a vote after receiving guarantees from ministers they will work behind the scenes to thrash out a compromise.
And a policy vowing to leave the hated human rights convention should be put in the next election manifesto if the current plans don’t work, others have conceded.
One MP admitted: “We’re not going to have a ‘leave the ECHR fight’ – that’s one for the manifesto now. But we do want to toughen this up – there are a few easy wins here they can get on board with.”
Ministers are set to bring forward plans to move newly arrived small boat migrants onto disused ferries and military bases within weeks to clear out expensive hotels.
But using holiday camps and student halls are less likely.