On Thursday evening, March 14, the British Parliament has voted to postpone the three-month delay of the country’s withdrawal from the EU which is now scheduled for March 29. 412 deputies have voted for such decision, 202 MPs have voted against it, reports DW .
The British government offered the voting after the Parliament rejected the Brexit deal for the second time, and the next day excluded the no-deal Brexit.
The British government now has to officially appeal to the EU with a request for deferral, and this decision must be approved by the leaders of 27 countries. The EU summit is scheduled for March 21-22. Before the summit, the British Parliament is likely to hold its third vote on the Brexit deal. If the Parliament supports the deal before the next week EU summit, then the deferral is possible until June 30. However, the PM Theresa May has warned that if the deputies do not support the deal, then longer deferral will be required and hence Britain’s participation in the European parliament elections in May.
In addition to this decision, the Parliament has refused to support holding in the country the second referendum on the withdrawal from the EU.
The desire of the British to delay Brexit has been rather composedly accepted by the European Commission. According to the speaker of the European office, the House of Commons vote on the date transfer of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has been taken into account. In order for Brexit to be delayed, this decision should be supported by each of the 27 EU member states and only they can agree on the term on which Brexit is being postponed.
It should be reminded that the UK government has already introduced measures in the case of the unregulated Brexit. In particular, London plans to abolish import duties for a large number of goods from abroad and will not impose a tight boundary between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including controls on the import and export of goods. These measures are planned to be applied before the final settlement of the UK’s exit from the EU.