British MPs have passed a new law aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit this week.
The new law obliges the government to ask EU leaders for a delay, allowing the government to seek any extension from 22nd May onwards. As a result of the law, the government now must put forward a motion in parliament on Tuesday setting out the delay that it will request at an EU summit on Wednesday.
It was opposed by the UK government, which has said it could limit its room for negotiation with the European Union.
The law is unusual in that it was passed on the initiative of MPs, subverting the normal order in which parliament debates and passes government-proposed legislation.
MPs will be allowed to vote on this and make their own suggestions as to the length of the delay
Prime Minister Theresa May has asked for a delay until 30th June, but ultimately this is up to EU leaders and it could be longer.
Britain could also choose to stop the entire Brexit process by revoking Article 50, the formal procedure for member states that want to leave.
Prime Minister May will be meeting the leaders of Germany and France in a last-gasp bid to keep the UK from crashing out of EU without a deal later this week, when the second deadline runs out.