The BBC editor told Brexitcast listeners she believed many people in the country and in Theresa May’s Government feel a big part of the Brexit process has “badly” failed. The Prime Minister promised the UK would leave the European Union on March 29 countless times in the last two years of the negotiating process. But on Thursday, MPs voted to give Mrs May permission to request an extension to Article 50 and delay the final exit date until at least June 30.
Commenting on the vote, Ms Kuenssberg said: “The reality of this, which probably lots of brexitcasters feel and I think lots of people in the country will feel and certainly a lot of people in Government feel, is that part of this Brexit process – for all sorts of different reasons – has failed.
“Part of the process was meant to be sticking to the date.
“Now, whether you love it or you hate it, part of this has gone really badly wrong.
“You can say it was far too ambitious in the first place or ‘Oh, it was never, never going to happen on time’.
“But that was a big, big promise that was made to the public. It was absolutely the deadline that was going to be focusing minds here and the EU in terms of a deal.”
Echoing the BBC Politcal Editor, Adam Fleming, BBC Brussels Correspondent pointed out: “There were going to put it on a coin!”
The Prime Minister has come under fire after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal for the second time on Tuesday.
MPs then voted to rule out a no deal Brexit scenario under any circumstance on Wednesday and to delay Brexit altogether with an extension of Article 50 on Thursday.
Now Mrs May is holding urgent discussions with the DUP ahead of an attempt to bring back her deal for a third meaningful vote.
The Unionists rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal this week over continued legal wrangling about the Irish backstop.
Across the channel, EU leaders are meeting ahead of a two-day summit next week to decide whether Britain is allowed to get an Article 50 extension or not.
Britain is still scheduled to leave the EU in two weeks on March 29 following two years of negotiations.
But with no agreement about a plan, the UK could go to a “no deal” Brexit if MPs reject a third meaningful vote next week.