MPs voted to allow a short delay to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, a day after they rejected a no-deal Brexit. They also overwhelmingly rejected calls for a second referendum.
What’s the next step?
Prime Minister Theresa May will seek an extension from Europe on March 21 and 22, and she’ll need to give EU leaders a good reason for that to be approved. May has warned if MPs can’t agree upon a deal in the coming days, an even longer delay to Brexit will be needed.
When is Brexit supposed to happen?
As it currently stands, the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU in 15 days — on March 29.
The future to be decided by Macron and Merkel
According to Express, the Prime Minister has been warned by senior EU leaders and officials that the bloc will impose a set of strict conditions on any request to extend the bloc’s Article 50 exit clause, according to Brussels sources. EU leaders will now have to agree on a unanimous position before Mrs. May is granted an extension. The EU countries most invested in the Brexit process – Ireland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands – will largely shape the bloc’s position at a leaders’ summit next week. It means Britain’s decision to ask for an Article 50 extension will ultimately be decided on EU states, with leaders such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron likely to make the final decision.