Brexit Brief: U.K. politicians given option to delay EU split

British Prime Minister Theresa May will today bow to pressure and give U.K. politicians an opportunity to delay Brexit if she hasn’t secured backing for her divisive withdrawal agreement by mid-March.

The move marks a seismic shift in strategy for May, who has until now insisted that the country will leave the European Union on March 29 — with or without a deal.

Her new proposal, which would allow for a short extension to the Brexit process, is an attempt to quell the threat of mass resignations from within her government.

Up to 15 senior and junior government ministers are reported to have been plotting to resign unless May allowed them to back a plan to delay Brexit proposed by Yvette Cooper, a member of parliament for the opposition Labour Party.

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