Theresa May is set to write a letter to European Union chiefs today requesting a "short" delay to the date Britain will leave the EU, as the deadline enters single digits - nine days.
A Downing Street source told The Independent the prime minister shared the public's "frustration" at parliament's "failure to take a decision" after the government admitted on Tuesday that the UK is in crisis.
Britain is set to leave the EU on 29 March.
People are getting mighty frustrated by the government - and Theresa May
To prevent yet more Cabinet resignations, Theresa May will only be asking for a short delay to Brexit.
When will… https://t.co/fwXOnwEOOM
— Wolfie. Cult member 1312. 💙🧡💚 (@Wolfie. Cult member 1312. 💙🧡💚)
And people are blaming the current political maelstrom on May's inability to negotiate a deal, rather than a problem with parliament
“Theresa May shares the frustration that Parliament has failed to take a decision”
Does anyone really fall for that… https://t.co/VBcicGHNNM
There is speculation that May could ask for a longer delay of nine months or a year, and an option of an early break before May’s European elections.
Recent polling by YouGov suggests remain would win in the case of a second referendum, with 61 per cent of the population polled saying they would vote remain to remain in the EU rather than Theresa May’s deal (39 per cent).
However, if people were asked in a public vote whether they would prefer to remain in the EU or leave with no deal in place, remain would still win, though by the smaller margin of 57-43 per cent.