[Ed. – Help us, EU, you’re our only hope! The only way to keep Brexit on schedule now is for the EU to reject continued negotiation. If the EU rejects a proposal by Theresa May to delay Brexit until Parliament’s date of 30 June, then a “hard,” no-deal Brexit will occur on schedule in two weeks. The EU will probably find some way to accommodate May’s proposal. But she’s a lousy negotiator; Brussels will get the long end of the deal.]
After weeks of political gridlock, Parliament voted Thursday to seek to postpone 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 put off Britain’s exit until at least June 30.
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.