Speaking to Parliament on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May offered the possibility for lawmakers to vote to delay Brexit until after the looming March 29 deadline if they are unable to come to an agreement on how to leave the European Union.
May told parliament that if it rejected both the deal negotiated with the EU and a “no deal” option in which the U.K. leaves the continental body without an agreement in place, the government will put forward a motion that would provide a “short, limited extension” on Brexit.
Parliament is set to vote on May’s Brexit deal on March 12. If that is rejected, May said the government would offer the extension option on March 14.
May’s proposal comes one day after the opposition Labour Party said it would back a second referendum on Brexit if the group’s proposed amendments for the arrangement were rejected by Parliament.