Members of Parliament in Britain have allowed the government to seek a delay to its withdrawal from the European Union beyond the planned departure date of March 29.
Lawmakers in the House of Commons on Thursday voted 412 to 202 for a motion tabled by the government which is aimed at requesting a one-off delay to Brexit negotiation period for three more months.
The motion by Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has reiterated that such a delay to Brexit, which is aimed at preparing legislation required for leaving the EU, would have a high chance of approval in an EU summit on March 21 if the Commons agree on a withdrawal deal a day before that.
The motion stresses that if the Commons reject May’s Brexit deal, the EU could reject the request for the extension of the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, a mechanism Britain triggered following the June 2016 Brexit referendum.
“Parliament agrees that if lawmakers approve a divorce deal…