February 26, 2019 / 12:57 PM / 23 days ago

UK will only leave EU without a deal on March 29 if parliament consents - May

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RC16BC9A60F0

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will only leave the European Union without a deal on March 29 with the explicit consent of parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

May promised members of parliament that if they do not approve a revised Brexit deal by March 12, she will give them a vote on whether to leave without a deal. If they reject that, parliament will vote on March 14 on whether to seek a “short, limited extension” to the Article 50 negotiating period.

“The United Kingdom will only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House (of Commons) for that outcome,” May told parliament.

Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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