Neil Carmichael was one of 498 MPs who gave the green light for the prime minister to begin Brexit talks on Wednesday night.
The only Tory to vote against the Government was ardent Remainer Ken Clarke – but Mr Carmichael said he is likely to rebel if Britain is taken out of the European Union with an unsatisfactory deal.
The chair of the Commons eduction select committee also suggested Britain could become an “associate member” of the EU once negotiations had been completed.
Neil Carmichael MP said he was prepared to go back on his word
We’ve got to be mindful that events will take place and we’ve got to be able to react
Neil Carmichael MP
Speaking on Radio 4 on Thursday, the Remain MP said: “Whatever we find ourselves in, we’ve got to be mindful that events will take place and we’ve got to be able to react to those events and Parliament is the place.
“Not only will we be thinking about two years hence but also about what Parliament does between now and then.”
The MP for Stroud hinted there could be “opportunities” in the forth coming Brexit negotiations for the UK to retain some membership of the EU.
MPs voted in favour of the Government's Article 50 Bill
“The European Union itself might change and we might see a much smaller but harder core of the European Union around the Eurozone,” he continued.
“There maybe opportunities for associate membership for various nation states and potentially us.”
On Thursday Brexit Secretary David Davis revealed the White Paper for on leaving the EU.
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He told the House of Commons there were 12 objectives that will “guide the Government in fulfilling the democratic will of the people”.
Mr Davis confirmed the Prime Minister’s vision of an “independent, truly global UK and an ambitious future relationship with the EU”.
After the White Paper was revealed, Mr Carmichael insisted he would continue to fight for what he believed to be in the UK’s “best interests” – despite 17.4 million voters opting for Brexit in the historic referendum.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
“I don’t think we are going against the wishes of the electorate by protecting national interests by recognising our economic activities are connected with the European Union,” he said.
On Wednesday MPs voted overwhelmingly to back the Government’s proposed Article 50 Bill.
The legislation will return to the Commons for a final vote next week before being passed to the House of Lords where the process will be repeated.