SENIOR Tories are plotting to stop Boris Johnson from enforcing new emergency coronavirus lockdown regulations with a “Parliamentary lock” giving the final say to the Commons.
MPs are due to vote next week to renew the “temporary provisions” of the lockdown measures introduced under the Coronavirus Act 2020 which would extend the Government’s use of the powers.
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Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs, is planning to use the opportunity to amend the legislation so ministers have to put all new measures to a vote of MPs first.
The move would effectively a “Parliamentary lock” is placed on any further restrictions, as anger among senior MPs and peers grows over restrictions have been imposed on Brits without a vote in the Commons.
Sir Graham told the Sunday Telegraph: “In March, Parliament gave the Government sweeping emergency powers at a time when Parliament was about to go into recess and there was realistic concern that NHS care capacity might be overwhelmed by Covid-19.
“We now know that the NHS coped well with the challenge of the virus and Parliament has been sitting largely since April.
“There is now no justification for ministers ruling by emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes.
“It is essential that going forward all of these massively important decisions for family life, and affecting people’s jobs and businesses should be exercised with proper supervision and control.”
Elsewhere, the Speaker of the Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle is said to have been angered after Health Secretary Matt Hancock imposed further lockdown restriction on his constituency without telling Parliament first.
Tory MPs were angered over plans to impose the “rule of six” on September 14 without a debate in the Commons.
The legislation means anyone gathering in a group of seven people or more indoors or outdoors, including kids, could be fined £100, which would double for further breaches up to a total of £3,200.
The £1,000 fines for anyone breaching the self-isolation rules, which were announced by Downing Street on Saturday evening, are likely to come into force on September 28 without any Parliamentary discussion.
Any amendment made by Sir Graham is thought to have the backing of a large number of Conservative MPs.
One Tory MP told the paper: “There will be a big rebellion on this.”
A No 10 spokesman said: “It’s absolutely vital that MPs are engaged in this process as these decisions have a huge impact on them and their constituents, and we will continue to discuss these plans with all MPs.”
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