Robert Buckland has held talks with senior Tory MP Sir Bob Neill over his amendment to the UK Internal Market Bill, the minister has admitted.
But the Justice Secretary refused to confirm if he had passed on the MP’s concerns to Boris Johnson.
Mr Buckland told Sky News: “I don’t think it would be right of me to start talking about private conversations.
“But what I can say is that there are lots of discussions going on with MPs from all parts of the debate, not just Bob Neill but MPs in all parts of the Conservative Party.
“We want to get on with this job, we want to get this Bill through, we want to make sure we are ready for any disagreements or disputes that might arise if we don’t get agreement at the Joint Committee, and that’s what we’re planning on.”
Asked about whether he had spoken to Sir Bob, Mr Buckland added: “I talk to Bob Neill regularly, I have talked to Bob Neill about the Internal Market Bill, I have spoken to other people (as well).”
Pushed on whether he had raised Sir Bob’s concerns with Boris Johnson, he said: “I’ve had lots of conversations with colleagues – ultimately it is up to the Prime Minister and those responsible for business in Parliament to get the details (sorted).”