Ministers move to stop backbench revolt over UK courts' role in genocide rulings


Government offers alternative to amendment that could force UK to reconsider trade deals with countries such as China

The government is seeking to fend off a backbench revolt over China by giving the foreign affairs select committee new powers to investigate whether a country is so clearly breaching human rights that the UK should not agree to a free trade deal with it.

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The proposal is being canvassed as an alternative to a measure which would give the high court the power to make a preliminary determination that a country with which the UK is negotiating a trade deal is committing genocide. Such a determination would require the government to consider pulling out of any free trade agreement.

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