The Prime Minister intends to publish legislation that the European Union has criticised as potentially causing a trade war.
The idea is one of several actions Mr Johnson’s supporters think will help him avoid a vote of no confidence in his leadership this week, as they try to reassure MPs that he is following through on significant policy commitments.
One minister told the Telegraph “There is a lot of discontent in the parliamentary party, and there is a strong feeling that there will be a vote,” one minister said.
If a vote is held, the minister predicts that members of the government will vote to remove the Prime Minister, adding that those who “slag him off privately” are “realistically… not going to vote for him.”
Members of the 1922 committee have previously prohibited members from photographing their voting papers in order to prevent whips seeking proof of allegiance.
Because of the extent of open criticism, the government is concerned that Mr Johnson will face repeated rebellions in the Commons from MPs wanting to depose him until the matter is resolved in a vote of no confidence.