Daily Telegraph accused of 'blatant bullying' of Tory Brexit 'mutineers'

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Ms Soubry also hit out at a Daily Telegraph front page labelling her, Mr Lefroy and other prominent Tory critics of the legislation "the Brexit mutineers".

They are picked out by the Telegraph for opposing a government move to enshrine the date of Brexit in law - which they have warned could scupper a good deal if negotiations go on longer than expected and the process needs to be extended.

"If fighting for the best possible future for our country and our government is considered mutiny - then bring it on".

Ken Clarke
GETTYKen Clarke is another Tory rebel who featured on the controversial front page

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 former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, who has tabled several amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, said: "There is a group of us who have serious concerns about the Withdrawal Bill and want to try to improve it".

Brexit minister Steve Baker also responded to the Telegraph's front page on Twitter, saying he regretted "any media attempts to divide our party".

However, government ministers were quick to disavow the front page, insisting that they did not want their party to be divided by the media and that they were working constructively with those Tories seeking improvements to the European Union withdrawal bill.

Conservative rebellions are likely later on in the process, with a further six days of discussion set aside over the coming weeks.

Britain trigged the two-year Article 50 process of leaving the European Union on March 29 this year, but this can be extended if all 28 European Union member states including Britain agree.

MPs are scrutinising the withdrawal bill and deciding on amendments.

Ministers want to set exit day as 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019.

Mr Hammond told BBC Radio 5 live the bill, which is now being debated line-by-line by MPs, was "the most important constitutional thing we will do for 50 years" adding: "We might as well do it right". If I wanted to do that, I would not have supported Article 50.