Brexit Vote: Parliament Backs Delay to UK Exit from EU

By Paul Riegler on 14 March 2019
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British Parliament voted on Thursday to delay the withdrawal from the European Union, a move that was originally scheduled to take place in 15 days on March 29. The vote acknowledged that more time is needed to come to an agreement over the terms of Britain’s departure but it also soundly rejected a call for a second referendum on Brexit.

This makes it an almost certainty that Britain will not leave the bloc on schedule on March 29.

The extension would be to the end of June if Prime Minister Theresa May can pass her latest plan next week and take it to the European Union for approval, or for a far longer period that would allow the government to seek an alternative approach to Brexit.

The motion passed 412 to 202, but the request for postponement requires the approval of all 27 European Union countries aside from the United Kingdom. Mrs. May is scheduled to attend a meeting of EU leaders next week in Brussels.

Until recently, Mrs. May said she would lead Britain out of the European Union on March 29, with or without a deal.

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