Rwanda vote shows Sunak ‘barely treading water’

Sunak is set to face the final House of Commons vote on his Rwanda Safety Bill. 

The crunch vote, set to take place tonight, will be one of the biggest tests to Rishi Sunak's premiership yet, with some predicting yet another Tory leadership contest or a general election within weeks. 

This comes a day after two Conservative Party Deputy Chairs, Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith, stepped down from their positions, backing amendments that sought to strengthen the bill. 

Best for Britain has long campaigned in favour of opening safe and legal routes for asylum seekers to enter the UK, calling on the Government to ditch the unworkable and extremely expensive anti-immigration legislation, which has so far cost £240m.  

Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best for Britain said, 

“Regardless of the result of tonight’s vote, with this unconscionable Bill, the Prime Minister has demonstrated he has little command of his government, let alone his party, or the trust of the British people.”

“With a mounting list of crises, the UK needs a leader in control, not barely treading water. We need a general election now.”

Read our FAQ ‘When is the next UK general election?’ and our explainer on the Government's Rwanda Plan