May tries to save Brexit deal after vote to delay United Kingdom exit

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Andrew Bridgen, a eurosceptic lawmaker from May's Conservative Party 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 delay of a year or more.

Next week, MPs will be asked to vote again on Theresa May's deal, which they've already rejected overwhelmingly twice.

A Labour frontbench amendment, chosen by the Bercow, instructs May to seek an unspecified extension to article 50 to avoid exiting the European Union on 29 March without a deal and "to provide parliamentary time for this house to find a majority for a different approach.".

May will now be expected to request an extension to Article 50 - the exit clause in the EU's constitution - and Britain's current March 29 departure date from European Union officials, who are required to sign off on any delay to a departure from the bloc.

Bowing to pressure, the government said Thursday that if May's deal is not approved by next week, Parliament will get votes on other options - including a closer relationship with the bloc than the government wants - to see if any can command a majority. He said he hoped the United Kingdom would "leave as soon as possible in an orderly fashion" if Parliament backs May's withdrawal agreement next week.

Gavin Robinson, a DUP MP, said the party believed a long delay to Brexit would be a disaster.

Meanwhile, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage will set out on his March to Leave, starting in Sunderland later on Saturday and arriving in Westminster on March 29.

The Democratic Unionist party is locked in intensive talks to try to reach an agreement to allow it to back Theresa May's Brexit deal, including with the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, and the chancellor, Philip Hammond.

Mr Barclay added: "We need a deal".

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Alan Wager, a researcher at the a Changing Europe think tank, said May faced a struggle to overturn a 149-vote margin of defeat in Parliament this week.

The UK government has said there could be a much longer delay, requiring the UK to take part in elections for the European Parliament in May, the prime minister has said, in the event her deal is not approved.

If she looks like she can not ratify it, then a delay may give governments and businesses more time to prepare for a disruptive exit but leaders may also prefer to end doubts.

This week alone, lawmakers voted to defeat May's withdrawal agreement, to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal, and to seek a Brexit delay.

But there was no immediate sign of any major shift in the views of Conservative hardline eurosceptics who have so far thwarted the prime minister.

Faced with a parliament that offered the spectacle of its divisions in a series of votes this week, the default scenario remains for the moment that of a Brexit without agreement to March 29, even if a majority of deputies spoke against such an outcome on Wednesday.

Mrs May will put her deal to another vote if the circumstances are right, her spokesman said.

When EU leaders meet in Brussels next week, May will use the summit to request an extension to the two-year Brexit negotiating period which is due to end on March 29. A proposal by the opposition Labour party to extend the Brexit deadline indefinitely in order to seek a new approach lost by 16 votes.

A German official says if Britain is granted more time to decide on Brexit, the delay needs to be used productively. Barley, who is half British, told RBB radio on Friday that "giving more time alone will produce no solution".