Conservative MPs on the right of the party have called the government’s Rwanda bill a “partial and incomplete solution” – just 24 hours before it is due to be voted on in parliament.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak revealed the legislation last week in an attempt to revive the scheme that would see asylum seekers arriving by small boat crossings deported to the African nation, after the Supreme Court ruled in November that it was unlawful.
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The law would declare Rwanda a safe country, and empower ministers to ignore parts of the Human Rights Act to limit any appeals against people being removed from the UK.
But some on the right claimed the bill did not go far enough, and would still see asylum seekers able to stay in the country due to international human rights treaties.
The so-called “five families” of Tory right-wing factions, representing around 100 MPs, met on Monday to discuss legal advice on the legislation, ahead of revealing their conclusions.
They were led by the European Research Group – which became a household name in the Brexit years – along with the New Conservatives, the Common Sense Group, the Conservative Growth Group and the Northern Research Group.
On Monday evening, the more centrist faction of the Conservatives, known as the One Nation caucus, will also meet to discuss the bill, with reports some of their MPs think it goes too far in disavowing human rights legislation.
Only 29 Tory MPs need to vote against the government – or 57 need to abstain – for the bill to be defeated when it comes to the Commons on Tuesday.
It would be the first time a government bill has fallen at the second reading since the 1980s.