MINISTERS last night promised another Brexit climb down on EU human rights laws in order to avoid the first major Tory rebellion on the controversial EU Withdrawal Bill.
Former Tory Cabinet minister Dominic Grieve warned that he was confident of defeating the Government to force ministers to incorporate the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights into British law.
His threat to push for a vote risked delivering a damaging defeat on the Government after scores of Tory Remainers backed his calls.
It forced the Government to announce a rethink - and Solicitor General Robert Buckland said the Government will incorporate some of his demands into the bill at a later stage of the legislative process.
It was enough for Mr Grieve to withdraw his demand for a vote - saving the Government from a humiliating defeat.
He demanded ministers agree to write in the same equality and data protections into the EU Withdrawal Bill themselves.
Mr Buckland said the climb down came after seeing the “strength of views” from the Tory backbenches.
He said: “We’re listening and we’re prepared to look again at this issue to make sure that we are taking an approach that can command the support of this House.”
Mr Grieve hailed the “really important concession” and said it “reflected the disquiet that has been shown across the House”.
Justice minister Dominic Raab also promised to outline within two weeks how each article of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will be translated into UK law.