British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union (EU) to give the U.K. additional time for negotiating the exit union shortly after the British Parliament didn’t pass four Brexit plans.
“We will need a further extension of Article 50, one that is as short as possible, and which ends once we pass a deal,” May told reporters, referring to part of the Treaty of the European Union covering member withdrawals.
“We need to be clear what such an extension is for: To ensure that we leave in a timely and orderly way.”
If the extension of the deadline is approved by the EU, British lawmakers would have weeks to find a new deal.
According to The Hill, U.K. lawmakers on Monday defeated four more plans for the U.K. to leave the EU. One measure, which failed by just a few votes, would have kept Britain in a customs union with EU countries.
Meanwhile, the ruling Conservative Party’s chief whip gave his resignation on Monday, pledging to join a caucus of independent lawmakers frustrated with parliamentary gridlock and accusing his own party of being unwilling to negotiate.
“I have failed, chiefly, because my party refuses to compromise,” MP Nick Boles said.
“I regret, therefore, to announce that I can no longer sit for this party.”