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Braverman’s Today interview points to trouble ahead for Sunak

Suella Braverman (Credit: Getty images)

Where does the Tory party sit after Robert Jenrick’s resignation over the Prime Minister’s Rwanda policy? Jenrick’s decision to quit yesterday meant Rishi Sunak’s attempts to sell his Rwanda plan fell into disarray within an hour of the policy being revealed. No further resignations have followed yet, but the bigger problem for Sunak is what does the right of the party do now: will they refuse to support his Rwanda Bill? And if Sunak fails to change course, will this group of MPs decide they have no confidence in the Prime Minister?

Suella Braverman gave a hint of the next steps this group are planning when she appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. Downing Street declined to put forward a minister for the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme so the former home secretary took the 8.10 a.m. slot. Braverman began the interview by denying her party has a ‘death wish’ following heated talk of no-confidence letters and a potential leadership challenge. Instead, she said that her interventions were about policy rather than her own career prospects.

If Tory MPs team up with Labour to block the Bill, Sunak will be out of options and his authority will be shot

Braverman said her party is in a ‘very perilous’ position unless it can stop the boats. She argued that the ‘sorry truth’ is that Sunak’s Rwanda Bill will not do this. When Nick Robinson put to her that Sunak had said the Rwandan government would not accept her preferred plan as it would break international law, Braverman said she did not accept this. When pressed on whether this meant Braverman was accusing Sunak of lying about the Rwandan government’s position, the former home secretary would only say there was ‘intellectual incoherence’ in the position as the current Bill already disapplies some elements of the Human Rights Act and the ECHR.

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