Grieve: Delay Brexit if deal is rejected

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Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve has urged the prime minister to delay Brexit if her EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week.

Mr Grieve, who backs calls for another referendum, said she could remove the 29 March date from UK existing laws and ask the EU for more time.

Cabinet ambassadors who resist leaving the EU without a bargain had a “duty to resign” if she refused to do so.

Ministers advise the UK faces Brexit “paralysis” if the lot is rejected.

And the prime minister’s spokesman said on Friday that the governmental forces wouldn’t widen Article 50, the legal machine making Britain out of the EU on 29 March.