UK Votes to Ask EU to Delay Brexit

A look at what could be next
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2019 3:10 PM CDT
Anti-Brexit, remain in the European Union supporters hold an EU and British union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.   (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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(Newser) – Brexit just got a bit further away—maybe. After weeks of political gridlock, Britain's Parliament voted Thursday to seek a delay of the country's departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit date of March 29. With Brexit due in 15 days and no divorce deal yet approved, the House of Commons voted 412-202 to ask the bloc to postpone Britain's exit until at least June 30, the AP reports. The vote gives Prime Minister Theresa May some breathing space, but is still humbling for a leader who has spent two years telling Britons they were leaving the bloc on March 29. Power to approve or reject the extension lies with the EU, which has signaled that it will only allow a delay if Britain either approves a divorce deal or makes a fundamental shift in its approach to Brexit. A look at what might happen next, per the AP:

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