British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated to MPs that while they have voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, it remains the default option if the UK cannot reach a deal with the EU.
“The legal default in EU and UK law is that the UK will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed,” May said. “The onus is now on every one of us in this House to find out what that is.”
Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in parliament after the vote.
May added that lawmakers will have the chance to vote on Thursday over whether to request an extension to Article 50.
The Prime Minister said if MPs can support a deal “in the coming days,” it will allow the government to seek a short delay to Brexit. However, if parliament cannot agree upon a deal May has warned that the delay will have to be longer.
“Such an extension would undoubtedly require the UK to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019,” May said. “I do not think that would be the right outcome. But the House needs to face up to the consequences of the decisions it has taken.”