Boris saved from humiliating defeat after huge Tory revolt in post-Brexit trade vote

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The amendment would have forced the Government to withdraw from any free trade agreement with any country which the High Court rules is committing genocide.

Tory MPs wanted to use the amendment, first put forward by the House of Lords, to ensure the Government did not sign a trade deal with China while Uighur Muslims are persecuted.

The Bill is a key part of Mr Johnson’s plans for Britain post-Brexit and sets out how the UK intends to trade on the world stage.

Senior Brexiteer Sir Iain Duncan-Smith led to Tory rebellion on the vote, with Mr Johnson’s blushes only just being saved.

The amendment to the Bill was rejected by 319 votes to 308.

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