Theresa May received widespread praise from her Tory backbenchers for the “hard won” EU deal she made in Brussels, which is much worse than the one that the UK already has.

“The Prime Minister showed real leadership,” said one Tory MP who wished to remain anonymous.

“To be aligned to the EU is so much better than being in it.

“Now we know exactly where we stand in relation to Europe, we can move forward in confidence to a glorious future.”

It was only when Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations to Theresa May that her advisers realised that they had made a complete balls-up of the whole thing.

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