Chris Mason reports on emerging Tory disputes reminiscent of Brexit over the Rwanda immigration bill, highlighting the party's internal divisions. Conservative MPs are currently reviewing the proposed legislation, with a vote set for Tuesday. The Conservative European Research Group (ERG), active in the Brexit debates, is involved once more, with its chair Mark Francois collaborating with Sir Bill Cash's "Star Chamber" team of legal experts to meticulously examine the bill's viability.
Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman and ex-immigration minister Robert Jenrick doubt the bill's effectiveness, while the One Nation Conservative MPs group reserves judgment until a forthcoming meeting. Their legal counsellor, ex-Solicitor General Lord Garnier, has publicly opposed the bill. As Tory factions with varying views scrutinize the bill, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak finds his leadership potentially destabilized by dissenting party members. While some predict a confidence vote against Sunak, it's uncertain, and he could retain his position but with diminished authority. Amidst these challenges, Sunak also faces the Covid
inquiry on Monday.