(Brexit) Time may be running out for Theresa MayBusiness | 13 Mar 2019 2:55 pm
Delaying Brexit, the path Britain looks set to take, would need the approval from all 27 remaining European Union countries. The EU Commission said it would "expect a credible justification” for the postponement.
Some British lawmakers had warned their Brexit-backing colleagues that rejecting the deal could lead to Britain’s departure being postponed indefinitely, because a delay would give momentum to opponents of withdrawal.
"Today is our Hotel California moment. If we don’t check out tonight, we may never leave,” tweeted Conservative legislator Bob Seely.
The government’s defeat will embolden politicians calling for a second referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain, though there is no clear majority in Parliament for that course.
It has also increased the chances that UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s fragile government could fall, sparking a snap election.
"The prime minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her,” said Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "It’s time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be.”
More than two and a half years after the country voted to leave the EU — and with no certainty about when or how it will — many Britons are simply fed up.
In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt her voice as a "leave” voter had not been heard.
"I am actually considering never voting again, quite honestly, because I am beginning to feel that there is no point in it,” she said.-AP