Diary - another day of chaos

After a pretty stressful day yesterday, what with one thing and another, it was a little calmer today as the likes of Letwin and Cooper were not pushing their controversial versions of Brexit on us. However, there was a lot of concern that the Cabinet, which is about as divided as any group can be, were locked away with the Prime Minister to thrash out where the Government should go next. With arch Remainers like Gawke, Rudd, Hammond and Lidington in there, I was never certain the meeting was going end the right way - we leave the EU without a deal on 12 April. While all eyes and ears were on No 10, I attended several meetings with colleagues, the last one being with the ERG, which was well attended. We had got wind Mrs May was going to make yet another statement from No 10 and few if any had confidence that we'd be celebrating what she had to say. Sadly, our fears were confirmed. As the packed room listened to Mrs May's statement, there were audible noises of protest and weary resignation. No one could quite understand how, after several hours of debate, a Conservative Cabinet had concluded - or so Mrs May told us - to reach out to Jeremy Corbyn, who the Prime Minister has said is not fit to run the country. So, if that is the case, how can he be fit to negotiate our way out of the EU? We were incredulous and very angry. I don't know where all this is going to lead, but I am seriously worried for our country and for our battered democracy. How much more of this can people take? We promised to respect the EU referendum and here we are betraying it on a daily basis. And that responsibility lies on both sides of the House. I despair!