The presence of four Labour Leavers helped the UK to avoid a customs union – but their absence on a more minor amendment produced a Government defeat.
Does the narrowness of the win signal further problems to come, or has the Government headed off the revolt?
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.
Some would-be rebels switched sides at the last minute, while at least three others abstained.
Clarke, Grieve, Morgan, Soubry, Neill, Stephen Hammond, Wollaston, Sandbach and Lefroy back major changes to the Bill (as do some Brexiteers)
All but two of those elected are from the 2010, 2015 and 2017 intakes.
Nicky Morgan also didn’t vote, along with Ben Howlett and Nick Herbert.
On the surface, this intake looks different from those that have preceded it – and is in some respects. But beneath it, this is in many ways a very traditional Tory group.