Why is there a Brexit delay and what happens next?

Why is there a Brexit delay and what happens next?

MPs backed a Brexit delay for three months or more after a chaotic week in the Commons. But any delay to Brexit Day will need the other 27 EU membe

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MPs backed a Brexit delay for three months or more after a chaotic week in the Commons.

But any delay to Brexit Day will need the other 27 EU members to agree, before anything can be set in stone.

Theresa May reacting on the front bench in the House of Commons
Theresa May reacting on the front bench in the House of Commons
Uk Parliament

Why is there a Brexit delay?

MPs could not agree on the terms on how Britain should leave the EU on March 29.

With Brexit due in 15 days and no divorce deal yet approved, the House of Commons voted 413-202 to ask the bloc to put off Britain’s exit until at least June 30.

The official result was initially announced as 412-202, but was later amended to 413 in the official voting list.

It comes after they were rejected twice, with overwhelming majorities on both occasions.

MPs voted to reject leaving the EU without a deal
MPs voted to reject leaving the EU without a deal
UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Most Conservative MPs including Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, voted against delaying Brexit.

So it was Labour and other opposition votes that pushed for in favour of the motion.

What happens next?

Mrs May needs to go to Brussels and convince officials and other 27 leaders of EU nations why the deadline should be extended.

If they don’t accept her plea, a no deal will be the default outcome, even though MPs voted against a no deal Brexit on March 13.

European Council President thinks Britain might need at least a year to agree on a Brexit deal, according to sources.

In order to avoid a no deal, MPs will need to agree on a deal by March 20, for the delay to go through.

Mrs May has made clear that she hopes to bring her Agreement back to the Commons by March 20 in the hope of securing the support of MPs who rejected it by 230 votes in January and 149 earlier this week.


If Mrs May’s third proposal is accepted, she is expected to head to the EU summit on March 21, and request the short extension.

But if her deal is rejected for a third time, she believes any extension would have to be far longer and would involve the UK taking part in European Parliament elections in May.

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