Spokeswoman Lindsay Hoyle is expected to save Boris Johnson's blush by refusing to name a rebel Tory amendment on coronavirus curbs this week – despite more MPs joining the revolt.
The Prime Minister is fighting to quell the growing anger of his own MPs over the restrictions and lack of parliamentary scrutiny.
It is alleged that up to 100 will be willing to stand behind an amendment from conservative backbench chief Sir Graham Brady that would force ministers to get approval in advance before further restrictions are put in place.
Despite the huge support, spokeswoman Lindsay Hoyle is not expected to vote on the change.
It will be tagged with a motion renewing the government's extensive powers over coronavirus, and it would be normal for the House to make a "clear" yes or no decision.
Sir Lindsay was concerned not to get involved in the rule-breaking arguments that stained John Bercows last few days in the chair.
A senior MP told MailOnline that Sir Graham had marched his troops to the top of the hill but had to march them back down.
“It's a little 'Grand Old Duke of York,” they said. “If you (let the vote) go back to what the previous speaker did and you will be decided by the courts in the end.
"If you don't believe in it, you can vote against it – a simple vote."
Boris Johnson (pictured today attending school in Ruislip) is fighting to quell the growing anger of his own MPs over Covid restrictions and the lack of parliamentary scrutiny
Despite the great support, spokeswoman Lindsay Hoyle (pictured right last week) is not expected to vote on the amendment
What is the Tory Amendment at the heart of the series?
The 2020 Coronavirus Act required the government to vote every six months on whether to continue the full powers it had granted.
As a result, ministers tabled a motion for Wednesday stating only that the measures should "not expire".
However, Tory rebels took the opportunity to table an amendment that is putting pressure on the government to vote on introducing new lockdown restrictions – which is currently not required by law.
The amendment would authorize the maintenance of powers provided that ministers ensure that when exercising their pandemic control powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and other primary laws, including, for example, Part 2A of the Public Health Act 1984 Parliament has the opportunity to debate and vote on secondary laws that will come into force across England or across the UK before they come into force. "
However, it is very unlikely that spokesman Lindsay Hoyle will select the amendment.
The normal commons procedure is to exclude amendments to amendments of this type so that Parliament can clearly express its will on this issue.
So far, around 50 MPs have signed the amendment identified by Sir Graham, chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee of 1922, and called for votes before any future restrictions on British "freedom" are introduced.
But ringleaders claim the real number could be closer to 100.
Labor and the Liberal Democrats will support the amendment, saying it is wrong for new laws to be introduced under the emergency powers adopted at the beginning of the pandemic.
That would potentially be enough to overthrow the 80-strong majority in the government – with signs that DUP MPs will also be in favor of the change.
A final decision on the request for change will not be made until Wednesday.
The revolt comes amid rumors of a growing gap between Mr Johnson and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak over the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.
In more worrying signs for today's Prime Minister, former Minister Simon Clarke, who resigned earlier this month on personal grounds, issued a joint statement with fellow Teeside MPs warning of a household mixing ban.
They wrote that restrictions should no longer be placed on the area, and in particular they embarked on a measure that is considered seriously by the government.
"A ban on household mixing in winter would in practice condemn thousands of locals to loneliness and isolation – even if mitigating measures were taken," the statement said.
Yesterday the Confederation of Industry Employers' group urged the Prime Minister to reopen the economy "as soon as possible".
It comes amid growing anger over Mr Johnson's continued use of emergency powers to get restrictive Covid-19 laws through the Commons.
Mr Bercow warned him not to incapacitate parliament by enforcing laws without a vote or debate.
And Tory MP Steve Baker, who wants to rebel against Mr Johnson if current spokesman Sir Graham's amendment votes for a commons vote, said the British are no longer living like free people because of the restrictions.
More than 50 MPs, including ex-Minister Steve Baker (right), have signed an amendment proposed by Sir Graham Brady (pictured), chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee from 1922
Bercow, the Brexit blocker, has taken many steps to thwart the Prime Minister
John Bercow repeatedly drew Brexiteers anger in 2019 when he sided with the rebels trying to thwart a quick Brexit.
January 9th: It allows a rebel amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve, forcing then Prime Minister Theresa May to return to the Commons with a revised Brexit plan if her withdrawal agreement fails. The original business proposal was made "immediately," which previously meant that it should be dealt with without debate or change. The amendment was passed by 11 votes and the WA was badly beaten.
March 18th: The spokesman blocked a third meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal. In a dramatic intervention, he decided that the EU withdrawal agreement could not be put to the vote again without substantial changes. He gave Downing Street no news of his announcement, which came just 24 hours before the Prime Minister was expecting to ask the Commons to rule on the matter for the third time after two devastating defeats.
March 18th: Mr Bercow advises Remainer MPs on how they could use parliamentary procedure to amend the Brexit deal after it was rejected a second time. He suggests they can use Rules of Procedure 24 to bypass the government and enforce backbench legislation. Normally SO24 motions should be neutral, but it allows binding votes to introduce things like the Benn Act, which blocks a no-deal Brexit.
August 28th: Mr Bercow was outraged by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to support Parliament. The Commons spokesman said he was on vacation with his family and had not been interviewed about the move, which he described as "constitutional outrage". Mr Bercow said the plan to close parliament from September 11th until the state inauguration on October 14th was a "violation of the democratic process".
25th of September: He is pleased that Boris Johnson's prorogation of parliament was "wiped out" by a Supreme Court decision when he reopened parliament. He told MPs "welcome back to our workplace" and stated that the prime minister's suspension earlier this month had been annulled – as has never legally been done. He had given up his anger over the agreement that was taking place in the first place.
October 21: He blocks Boris Johnson's latest offer to trigger a vote on his Brexit deal. MEPs denied the prime minister "in principle" approval of his deal over the weekend, but postponed the showdown and obliged him to ask the EU to extend it. Mr Bercow insisted that if MPs asked the same question twice in a row, the "meaningful" vote would violate the Commons Convention.
“We are in an environment where you really have no way of knowing whether you are a criminal or not because so many laws are in place and changing so quickly. That is why I have said that this is not a suitable environment for free people, & # 39; he said.
“How do people think freedom is dying? It dies that way when the government exercises draconian powers without first having parliamentary control. & # 39;
The ex-minister told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "MPs should be part of the terrible burden of decision-making under these circumstances, not just being asked to approve what the government has done."
He said there were "many" MPs who would support the amendment and he thought it would be chosen by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
But Downing Street is equally firmly convinced that the vote will not take place, leaving the only nuclear option for the rebels to vote against the government's Covid-19 legislation, which they believe the rebels will not.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has written to MPs asking them not to vote for Sir Graham's amendment if it is called.
He wrote: "I believe the arguments for compliance with these regulations remain strong. They are absolutely necessary for governments across the UK to have an effective response."
According to Jo Stevens, secretary for shadow culture, Labor is likely to support the amendment if called upon.
"We have some understanding of the amendment that Graham Brady tabled, but we want to see something that sets out what our amendment is, which is more transparency and disclosure of the data," she told Sky News.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey also signaled that he would vote in favor.
Mr Bercow told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: “Parliament has inevitably been restricted by Covid-19, but it should not restrict or hinder itself in an avoidable way now.
"Debate, control and voting are the lifeblood of a pluralistic system."
On Saturday around 15,000 protesters appeared for an anti-lockdown protest in central London.
Despite the backlash, a senior government source told the Times that the increase in coronavirus restrictions had not been ruled out.
"The nation and the party weren't ready for us to go any further last week," they said.
“There wasn't enough understanding of how extensive the second wave could be.
“In contrast to the first ban, no one has seen pictures of body bags in Spain or France on television, which had a very strong effect. You have to take people with you.
“However, more stringent social interaction measures need to be taken. They are inevitable in some parts if you look at the numbers. & # 39;
The immediate measures could already be imposed this week in Covid-19 hotspots including Merseyside and the northeast.
Liverpool recorded 146.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people last week, up from 95.8 the week before, while South Tyneside recorded 137.8 cases per 100,000 last week, up from 86.
London could also find itself in total social block if infection rates continue to rise. One government figure describes the capital's fate as "in balance," The Times reported.
Downing Street hopes to avoid a national social blockade as infection rates remain low in the south-west and south-east of the country outside of London.
Michael Gove reportedly partnered with Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to stress the need for tougher action.
However, other cabinet ministers such as Sunak, Eustice and Interior Minister Priti Patel are in favor of a more open economy.
It is therefore that today in parts of the UK new local bans, further restrictions and harsh new fines come into effect if self-isolation does not occur.
People across England will be legally required to self-isolate starting this week if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the testing and tracking service.
If they fail to do so, they risk facing new fines starting at £ 1,000, increasing to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious violations.
The police will also check compliance in the areas with the highest incidence and risk groups based on “local information”.
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