Boris Johnson is facing a showdown with MPs, including many Conservatives, when they debate controversial proposals that would allow the government to ignore key parts of its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.
MPs are preparing to vote on the government’s plan — which would allow it to change or ignore rules agreed for the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.
The government has admitted that those proposals would breach International law. That has provoked widespread criticism, with some senior Conservatives refusing to support it.
However the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland has defended the plan, calling it an emergency Brexit “insurance policy” if the EU acts unreasonably during the current talks on a future trade deal.
Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by chief political correspondent Vicki Young.