Published 01/16/2024 15:58
To do this, he needs to unite his party, which is lagging far behind the opposition Labor Party in the polls. But the liberal and authoritarian factions of the conservatives are at odds over the Rwanda project.
In a blow to Sunak, two Conservative Party deputy leaders, Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith, joined calls in the House of Commons to tighten the government's flagship Rwanda bill and announced they would support amendments aimed at closing refugee appeals against deportation.
Some Conservative rebels say they will vote against the bill unless it is strengthened. Together with the opposition's votes, this could be enough to kill the law – a major blow to Sunak's power and dangerous for the Rwanda project. Moderate conservatives fear the bill is already flirting with illegality and say they will oppose it if it becomes draconian.
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