Tory rebels could soften stance on May’s deal

Jan 23, 2019, 5:16 AM EST
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The pro-Brexit Tory opponents of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU have signaled they could back the deal if the prime minister can snag a serious concession from Brussels on the Irish backstop.

The prospect of a delay in Brexit, which is due on March 29, plays a role in the softening of stance among Tory rebels, who are willing to reconsider a revised deal to ensure that the deadline isn’t breached, writes The Guardian.

The shift comes as George Osborne, the former chancellor, said in an interview that delaying the Brexit is the “most likely” option, for it lets the parties explore whether a workable alternative deal exists or should the deadlock be resolved with a referendum, notes the BBC.

Osborne likened Britain’s crashing out of the EU without a deal to “Russian roulette,” warning that the British economy would be the ultimate victim.