Britain is currently scheduled to leave the 28-member EU on March 29 [File: Toby Melville/Reuters]

Britain’s parliament has voted in favour of delaying the UK’s departure from the European Union by three months, pending approval of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal within a week.

MPs in the House of Commons voted 412 to 202 on Thursday in favour of a government motion proposing a “one-off extension … for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation” until June 30, provided May’s widely maligned deal wins parliament’s approval by Wednesday next week.

May will now be expected to request an extension to Britain’s current March 29 departure date from EU officials, who are required to sign off on any delay to a departure

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