Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts during the debate on extending Brexit negotiating period in Parliament in London, Britain, March 14, 2019. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
Brain - British lawmakers overwhelmingly back Brexit delay
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British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain's exit from the European Union, setting the stage for Prime Minister Theresa May to renew efforts to get her divorce deal approved by parliament next week

Lawmakers approved by 412 votes to 202 a motion setting out the option to ask the EU for a short delay if parliament can agree on a Brexit deal by March 20 or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time

May hopes the threat of a long delay will push Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party and members of the Democratic Unionists

A new vote on May's deal is likely next week

Lawmaker Andrew Bridgen accused her of pursuing a " scorched earth " policy of destroying all other Brexit options to leave lawmakers with a choice between her deal and a long delay