The European Union agreed to postpone the United Kingdom's exit from the bloc, but the length of the delay will depend on whether or not the British parliament accepts the previously negotiated withdrawal agreement.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the bloc would grant an extension until May 22 if Prime Minister Theresa May is able to convince the British parliament to accept the existing Brexit deal.
If May is unable to convince parliament, which has previously rejected the deal, then Britain would face a disorderly exit from the European Union on April 12.
Tusk Tweet: EU27 responds to UK requests in a positive spirit and: agrees to Art. 50 extension until 22 May if Withdrawal Agreement approved next week if not agreed next week then extension until 12 April approves 'Strasbourg Agreement' continues no-deal preparations
May had asked Brussels for the March 29 Brexit date to be delayed three months until at least June 30. The British parliament has twice rejected the withdrawal agreement that she had negotiated with the European Union, which has raised the prospect of a disorderly and economically damaging exit from the European Union.
Speaking to reporters, May said she believed the U.K. will absolutely eventually leave the EU.
"Yes, we will be leaving the European Union, and I absolutely fervently believe that it is the duty of Parliament to deliver on that result of the referendum," she said in response to a question about whether Brexit could be delayed further. "I also believe that it is better for the U.K. if we can do that with a negotiated deal, do that in a smooth and orderly manner. That's what tonight's decision from the Council enables us to do."