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UK moves closer to delaying Brexit

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Published on February 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

UK moves closer to delaying Brexit

A largely symbolic vote in Britain's parliament is further evidence that the country's departure from the European Union could be delayed by several months.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

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UK moves closer to delaying Brexit

A largely symbolic vote in Britain's parliament on Wednesday (February 27) night is further evidence that the country's exit from the European Union may be ultimately delayed.

It might also signal the resistance Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to face when she tries to push a renegotiated deal with the EU through parliament next month.

Lawmakers have now overwhelmingly passed a resolution that asks the prime minister to formally put in writing a pledge she made on Tuesday (February 26).

That pledge?

That if she fails again to come up with a deal they approve of, parliament will get to decide on whether to push back the March 29th deadline for the divorce.

But she said at the time, it would be limited to weeks or months, not years.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY, SAYING: "An extension beyond the end of June would mean the UK taking part in the European Parliament elections.

What kind of message would that send?" Wednesday's resolution is non-binding.

Prime Minister May isn't obligated to adhere to it but an administration spokesman says the prime minister is unlikely to walk back her promise, either.

Regardless, it might not be Britain's choice.

French President Emmanuel Macron says the EU should only allow a delay if Britain comes back to the table with a clear new direction.

Otherwise he says, there would be no point.

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