LONDON - 15 Conservative MPs who plan to vote against the government on an amendment to the withdrawal bill have been branded "mutineers" by The Daily Telegraph in a front page splash that has caused outrage in Westminster.
Nick then put the words of fellow Tory MP Bernard Jenkin, who said that anyone who votes against enshrining the date of Brexit in law must answer allegations that they want to stop Brexit.
The targets of the piece accused the paper of "bullying", while a government minister distanced himself from what he said was an attempt to "divide" the party. It's about how. We want the government to be in the strongest possible position to bring home the best deal.
Anna Soubry, one of the leading rebels, initially hit out at the "blatant bullying" by the newspaper of those who intend to defy the government.
The pro-remain MP told the Commons on Tuesday night she regarded being labelled a mutineer by the Telegraph as "a badge of honour".
"The role of MPs is not to be lobby fodder but to scrutinise legislation", tweeted Antoinette Sandbach, referring to the lobby areas in which lawmakers vote.
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"My Parliamentary colleagues have honest suggestions to improve the Bill which we are working through and I respect them for that", Mr Baker said.
Clarke labelled the proposal to include an exit date in the European Union withdrawal bill of 11pm on 29 March 2019 as "ridiculous and unnecessary", adding: "It could be positively harmful to the national interest".
Conservative rebellions are likely later on in the process, with a further six days of discussion set aside over the coming weeks.
MPs are scrutinising the withdrawal bill and deciding on amendments.
One of them, former attorney general Dominic Grieve, said it was "utterly pointless and counterproductive" and would remove any flexibility in case the negotiations were delayed.
"We are leaving the European Union in March 2019, so this is not about if, or when, we leave the European Union - those things are settled".