A Tory rebellion over Covid laws could be thwarted despite growing anger over-rules brought in with minimal notice and a lack of scrutiny in Parliament, it is understood.
MPs may fail to get a vote on an amendment giving them more say over future restrictions despite rebels having enough support to inflict a damaging defeat on the Government.
The House of Commons will vote on Wednesday on whether to renew the powers in the Coronavirus Act, but there have been calls for ministers to consult Parliament before introducing new curbs on people’s freedoms.
Boris Johnson is under pressure to give Parliament the opportunity to debate and vote on future restrictions, with more than 50 Tory MPs signalling they could rebel on the matter, forcing ministers into crisis talks to ward off a revolt.
But, according to reports, there are question marks over whether Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will put Sir Graham Brady’s amendment to a vote.
The amendment has enough support to overturn the Prime Minister’s majority in the Commons.
A constitutional expert said the circumstances of this week’s vote – which does not create new legislation but instead gives a choice over whether to continue an existing law – means Sir Lindsay would be unlikely to allow any amendments.