Tory rebels seek to block trade deal with China over Uighurs

Tory rebels seek to block trade deal with China over Uighurs

MPs join forces with opposition in support of amendment upholding human rights

Boris Johnson faces a rebellion by about 30 Tory MPs on Tuesday who are seeking to block a potential post-Brexit trade deal with China over its human rights record.

The amendment to the trade deal — promoting a UK trade policy that upholds human rights — is co-sponsored by one-time Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and former minister Nusrat Ghani. It would stop ministers from cutting trade deals with countries found guilty of genocide by the High Court.

It is backed by all the opposition parties as well as the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

A similar motion from Lord Alton of Liverpool, a crossbench human rights campaigner, was recently passed by a majority of 129 in the House of Lords.