The Quick Facts
- With the Brexit deadline fast approaching, this week held several key votes by the British Parliament concerning the U.K.’s planned departure.
- First, after Prime Minister Theresa May secured another vote on the Brexit deal she negotiated, her plan suffered a second defeat.
- Then yesterday, Parliament voted 321-278 against a no-deal Brexit, committing the country to staying in the European Union until a divorce deal is ratified.
- Today, Parliament will be voting on whether to ask the E.U. to delay the Brexit deadline, which is currently set for March 29th. It looks likely that the MPs will vote in favor of the delay.
- May has proposed an extension until June 30th — but only if she can get Parliament to back her Brexit deal with a third attempt by March 20th. If it is defeated again, the U.K. may have to ask for an even longer extension, which would require approval from all 27 remaining EU member countries.