May: I have listened to rebels over Brexit bill

How Theresa May claimed her Brexit majority in the Lords' Amendments

Mr Hill said: "I voted to support my constituents on the Brexit Bill".

With Theresa May also facing pressure from pro-Brexit MPs to avoid any possibility of Britain remaining tied to the European Union, the Prime Minister's hold on power appears to be more fragile than any time since last year's general election.

Grieve said the problem was that if the United Kingdom reached "the really apocalyptic moment" where no Brexit deal had been done by early February 2019, Parliament was not being offered the chance to say what should happen next - only to "note" the position.

Ex-Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve told The Independent UK that he spent the morning negotiating with ministers and agreeing a wording to a new amendment to the legislation.

Mr Grieve told the BBC: "We could collapse the Government, and I can assure you that I wake up at 2am in a cold sweat thinking about the problems that we have put on our shoulders".

Parliament voted 325 to 298 to reject a House of Lords amendment to require ministers to report on their efforts in negotiations to secure a customs union.

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Grieve said: "I can't save the government from getting into a situation where parliament might disagree with it".

Mrs May avoided nearly certain defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday by inviting potential rebels into her private office and assuring them that their concerns about having a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal would be addressed.

Asked if the prime minister's words ruled out a discussion on the contentious rebel clause, her spokesman said: "I think that is a fair assessment".

Grieve, who has drafted his own amendment that would give MPs more scope in directing ministers in the possible event of a likely no-deal Brexit, later clarified to the Press Association that his comments referred to a future vote on a deal, rather than next week's events.

Brexit supporters on the 1922 Committee - made up of Tory MPs who do not hold Government positions - were swift to react once the implications of these concessions became clear, with one senior Leaver remarking: "If Theresa and [Chief Whip Julian Smith] have sold us out here they are in real trouble".

"Grateful for the conversations but without consultation what was agreed earlier today has been changed", she said.

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"Would be amusing if only it wasn't such a serious issue, Preventing the most destructive Brexit matters to the majority in Parliament..."

Rebels want Parliament to have the right to block a no-deal Brexit.

The prime minister narrowly avoided a damaging defeat this week when she bought off rebel MPs with a promise of more control over negotiations.

"The Government's amendment is simply not good enough", the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said.

Anna Soubry, who defied party orders on Tuesday and backed the meaningful vote amendment, also hit out.

"It's also important that Parliament can not and should not overturn the will of the British people, which was to leave the European Union".

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"Ultimately, this saga demonstrates that the Tories are more interested in party unity than the country". They can not be trusted with Brexit.

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