Lawmakers from British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party reacted angrily Wednesday after a newspaper labelled them "mutineers" for challenging the government's Brexit legislation, saying they would only fight harder.
The Daily Telegraph's controversial front page today pictures the 15 Conservative MPs that they say are trying to derail Brexit.
"The Brexit mutineers", the paper writes, "are understood to have had a "stormy" meeting with the whips earlier this week".
Pro-EU ex-minister Anna Soubry, described it as a "blatant piece of bullying that goes to the very heart of democracy".
Bob Neill, the MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, is one of the Tory MPs named and he dismissed the front page as "ridiculous".
Clarke said: "It is quite unnecessary to actually close down our options as severely as we are with this amendment when we don't know yet [what will happen in the Brexit talks], when it is perfectly possible that there is a mutually beneficial, European and British, need to keep the negotiations going for a time longer to get them settled".
They were joined by most Lib Dem and SNP MSPs - but were heavily outweighed by more than 300 Tory and DUP figures who voted in support.
But the bullies will not succeed, of course. "But we need to leave in a way where we have legal continuity and doesn't have any gaps in that legal continuity".
Brexit Minister Steve Baker said: "I regret any media attempts to divide our party".
"What we are doing as a government is listening to the contributions being made, we are listening carefully to those who wish to improve the bill, and, I hope we can all come together to deliver on the decision the country took that we should leave the European Union". My Parliamentary colleagues have honest suggestions to improve the Bill which we are working through and I respect them for that.
Jonathan Djanogly, a former Tory minister who was also pictured on the front page, told the Commons he was unsure about why an exit date should be fixed, noting that this would also fix the date of the transition agreement.
Last night the Government survived a number of crunch votes on amendments to the bill put forward by opposition politicians.