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UK parliament approves Brexit law forcing May to consult on delay

9 April 2019

Britain's parliament approved legislation on Monday that gives lawmakers the power to scrutinize and even change Prime Minister Theresa May's request that the European Union agree to delay Brexit until June 30. May has already asked Brussels to extend Britain's EU membership to allow talks with the opposition Labor Party in search of different exit plan.

But lawmakers want additional legal guarantees against a "no-deal" exit happening on April 12 - the current exit day, and have crafted a law forcing ministers to consult with parliament on April 9 before May goes to Brussels. The bill gives lawmakers the chance to make legally binding changes to May's requested departure date during a debate scheduled to last 90 minutes on Tuesday. May is due to travel to Paris and Berlin on Tuesday to press her request for a short delay, before it is formally discussed by EU leaders at a special summit on Wednesday.