Amid extraordinary scenes the Prime Minister came to the House of Commons today to tell MPs why the agreement she has negotiated with the European Commission is the right way forward for the country. With barely an exception, MP after MP, from across the party divide, stood up and criticised her and the agreement. To her face and on the floor of the House of Commons she was openly and personally challenged from her own benches. Not since Anthony Eden or before him Neville Chamberlain can a Conservative Prime Minister been treated so dismissively by members of her own parliamentary party.

The day had begun with a blistering attack on her and her policy in the pages of the Daily Telegraph by her former Chief of Staff and long-term aide Nick Timothy.