Laura Kuenssberg tweeted to her 990,000 followers this afternoon about her plans to stay away from the platform “for a bit”. She is seeking to take advantage of the short lull in news from Westminster with the Easter recess, after it was announced on Wednesday the Brexit deadline would be extended until October 31. She wrote: “Bye for a bit, Twitter – keep up with @BBCPolitics and @BBCNews – see you in a while”.
One man, with the Twitter handle @MikeHoxard, responded: “So Brexit is on hold? Or are you on a well-deserved break, Laura?”
While many of her followers welcomed the announcement and thanked her for her round-the-clock Brexit coverage, others questioned how they would make sense of the news without her analysis.
One person tweeted “you can’t just go and leave UK politicians to their own devices” and another chimed in “the Brexit guiding light has just gone out”.
Others told her to “have a good rest” after what seemed like months of her non-stop reporting.
Another social media user named @DidierPironi126 joked: “You deserve a break – can’t say the same of the people inside Westminster though”.
Twitter users praised her for her round-the-clock in-depth coverage of Brexit and thanked her for helping them understand the news in the midst of the chaos engulfing Westminster.
One well-wisher told her: “I hope you can really get away from the madness for a while. You must be exhausted.”
Rumours had been swirling of the expected Easter break being scrapped so MPs could reach a Brexit deal.
But Commons leader Andrea Leadsom confirmed lawmakers would adjourn for the Easter break on Thursday.
MPs will have just one a week’s break from Westminster before heading back to Westminster in the hope of bringing the Brexit deadlock to a close.
Earlier this month, the BBC aired Ms Keunssberg’s documentary – The Brexit Storm: Laura Kuessberg’s Inside Story.
The 42-year-old was appointed the BBC’s political editor in July 2015, becoming the fist woman to hold the position.