May, who had asked to be able to delay Britain’s departure until June 30, said British lawmakers now faced a “clear choice.”
They could either support her Brexit deal, deliver on the referendum result and exit the EU in an “orderly manner” or face the prospect of having to stand candidates in the European Parliamentary elections three years after a small but clear majority voted for Brexit.
On Thursday, EU leaders spent seven hours discussing a host of options regarding Brexit, saying that while they regret the country’s decision to leave, they are eager to move on with the process.
Eventually, the bloc decided a May 22 departure date would apply if Parliament rallies behind the prime minister next week. Otherwise, Britain must decide whether to offer a new plan or leave the EU without a deal on April 12.
“In case of no vote (in Parliament)… it will guide everybody to a no-deal for sure,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Thursday.
“This is it. We are ready,” Macron said.