European Union leaders agreed Thursday night to a short-term Brexit extension which will allow British Prime Minister Theresa May a little more time to get her withdrawal agreement approved by Parliament – just one week before the March 29 deadline for Britain to leave the bloc.
The European Council, which consists of the leaders of the E.U.’s member nations, announced they had agreed to a pause until May 22 — although that is conditional on British lawmakers approving the deal next week.
If May is unsuccessful in getting her deal through Parliament, then that delay will only be until April 12, where lawmakers will then face the choice of either leaving without a deal, approving some sort of new or alternative deal, or revoking Article 50 — the mechanism that triggers Britain’s departure from the bloc.
May has ruled out revoking Article 50, and has said that doing so — in order to go back to the public with a second referendum — would risk undermining the British public’s trust in democracy.
“I don’t believe that’s what you want and it is not what I want,” May said in a televised speech from 10 Downing Street Wednesday night. “We asked you the question already and you gave us your answer. Now, you want us to get on with it.”