Rishi Sunak's plan to implement the Rwanda removal scheme is in jeopardy as right-wing Tories express their concerns ahead of a crucial vote. Lawyers representing hardline MPs have labeled the legislation as an "incomplete solution" to prevent future removals from being challenged in court.
Conservative Caucuses Demand a Tougher Bill
Five Conservative caucuses on the right side of the party have called for the Prime Minister to strengthen the Bill before the upcoming Commons showdown. This demand has put the future of the plan at risk, as Downing Street has warned that any amendments could lead to Rwanda pulling out of the scheme.
Star Chamber Verdict
A meeting of like-minded Tory factions, including the European Research Group and the Common Sense Group, resulted in a verdict from the "Star Chamber." They declared that the Bill offers only a partial solution to the issue of legal challenges in UK courts. This could potentially delay or prevent the removal of illegal migrants to Rwanda.
24-Hour Deadline for Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak now faces a crucial 24 hours as he fights to salvage the policy and ensure the smooth implementation of the Rwanda removal scheme. His premiership appears to be at stake, as the legislation faces a make-or-break vote in the Commons.
Breakfast Charm Offensive
In an attempt to win over the factions, Rishi Sunak has invited the powerbrokers of the right-wing Tories to No10 for a breakfast meeting tomorrow. This charm offensive comes as he desperately tries to prevent 29 MPs from rebelling or 53 abstaining, which would result in the plan being derailed.
Concerns over the Bill
The resignation of former Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has sparked a Tory civil war over the legislation. Critics argue that the Bill needs to be strengthened to fully disapply elements of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Star Chamber has emphasized the need for "very significant amendments" to the legislation, as they believe it falls short of delivering the intended policy.