British lawmakers voted Thursday to seek to delay Brexit – maybe for weeks- after Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for leaving the European Union have been repeatedly rejected by a raucous Parliament trying to wrest control from her.
Since becoming prime minister, May had insisted that “Brexit means Brexit,” that she would negotiate a good deal and that Britain would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. The March date was a deadline the prime minister herself triggered when she — alongside the British Parliament — initiated Article 50 in the E.U. treaty two years ago.
Now Britain almost certainly will not leave the European Union in two weeks — unless E.U. leaders reject its request for an extension and it crashes out with no deal. The vote to delay Brexit passed 412 to 202.
The lawmakers also voted against holding a second Brexit referendum, a complete do-over that could reverse the result of the historic June 2016 plebiscite.