Brexit LIVE: Boris makes late-night call to rebels to save bill - 'No chance ...

BORIS Johnson begged Tory colleagues to back his Internal Market Bill in a frantic late-night phone call yesterday - with one cabinet minister warning it had "no chance" of getting through the House of Lords in its current form.

PUBLISHED: 07:31, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:34, Tue, Sep 15, 2020

The controversial legislation will give the Government power to override the section of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement known as the Northern Ireland protocol. The Bill was comfortably passed by MPs, by 340 votes to 263 - but the next stages will not be as straightforward.


BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: "PM had a call with Tory peers tonight to try to assuage their fears about the bill.

"Bill sailed thro Commons today, but next week with amendments won't be so easy, and Lords are gearing up for a fight - one Cabinet minister admitted there is no chance of it getting past the red benches as it stands."

Some Tory backbenchers are deeply uncomfortable because by the admission of Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, the Bill breaches international law.

Boris Johnson ParliamentBoris Johnson called peers last night in a bid to persuade them (Image: GETTY)

The European Union has demanded Mr Johnson withdraws the legislation by the end of the month.

During last night's debate, Mr Johnson told the Commons the Bill was an "insurance policy" aimed at preventing the EU from interpreting aspects of the agreement in

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