The UK government has voted on, and passed, an amendment bill to the latest Brexit strategy proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May, and the details of the amendment may make it harder for the UK to negotiate an easy split from the EU.
But the Government did not move the motion amid growing Tory opposition to the plan, with several Conservative MPs having indicated they would vote against any attempt to cut short the term with so much work to do on Brexit.
If a Brexit deal is blocked in Parliament, May's options would be limited, since she does not want Britain to leave the European Union without a deal, with all of the economic damage that would entail.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the legislation would be "the confident first step that the United Kingdom takes towards establishing itself as an independent trading nation for the first time in over 40 years".
"It will be the confident first step that the United Kingdom takes in establishing itself as an independent trading nation", he added.
All had previously backed the medicine regulation amendment, except for Ms Hoey, who did not vote.
As Theresa May's government continues to reel over its divisive plan to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Prime Minister has rejected the idea of a second vote that would give the British people another say before the country officially hits the exits in March 2019.
The Guardian newspaper described extraordinary scenes in the House of Commons with government trade minister George Hollingbery engaged in open negotiations with the customs union rebels, urging them to back down.
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But Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill said the British government had "tore up" its own Brexit proposals and she called on the taoiseach to protect Ireland's interests.
On Monday night, Mrs May bowed to pressure and accepted four amendments from Brexiteers to a key piece of legislation, including one aiming to block her plan to lock the United Kingdom in a customs deal with the European Union (EU).
Brexiteers believe that keeps Britain too close to the EU.
David Davis, who quit as Brexit secretary just hours before Mr Johnson, did not take up the invitation, instead giving a series of TV interviews to explain his disagreements with the PM but also his personal backing for her.
She is expected to deliver a key-note address in Belfast on Brexit on Friday.
May averted defeat on the proposed legislation - part of a series of bills overseeing Britain's withdrawal from the European Union - by bowing to pressure from hard-line euroskeptics in her own party.
In an interview following his resignation the Aberconwy MP tells me he doesn't intend to become a serial rebel and that the Prime Minister has his 'total support'.
Although far from lavishing praise on the United Kingdom government's new Brexit plan, it's an interesting change of emphasis from a first minister who has to date exclusively fired his rhetorical arrows towards Downing Street.
A senior DUP MP has slammed Theresa May's Brexit blueprint as "flawed and weak-kneed" and urged the prime minister to adopt a tougher stance in negotiations with Brussels.