Meanwhile in Westminster, Prime Minister May readied herself for what is expected to be another contentious vote in the Commons this evening, in which members will decide on whether to rule out a no-deal outcome or not. The amendment also includes a delay to May 22 for preparations. "This is it." There are therefore no plans to restart negotiations with the EU.
"Does it wish to revoke Article 50?".
They rejected a no-deal Brexit 312 to 308.
May said that if MPs back a deal, she will seek a "short, limited, technical extension" to ratify the deal.
Tabled by the Scottish National Party's Angus MacNeil and backed by europhile MPs including Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke, Labour's Keith Vaz and Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts, this amendment calls on the Government to halt Brexit by revoking its notice of intention to leave under Article 50 of the European Union treaties.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in Parliament, following the vote on Brexit in London, Britain, March 13, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Small and medium-sized businesses, in particular, have admitted they're not ready for a no-deal scenario.
If lawmakers give leaving the European Union without an agreement a thumbs down, they have one choice left: seeking more time. But as so often happens with this Prime Minister on the matter of this national emergency, she has engineered a situation tailor-made to rub pretty much everyone up the wrong way. "That's not what we want, but we prepare it".
An extension that would require a separate approval from the EU.
If no deal is agreed by March 20, "then it is highly likely the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear objective for any extension, not least to determine its length, and any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019", Thursday's motion says.
Those Tory Brexiter MPs who WANT to believe the EU has no desire to trap the United Kingdom in the customs union via the Northern Ireland backstop will be reassured by the agreement between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker on a new legal instrument saying the EU must negotiate in good faith to avoid the backstop coming into force at all or for long.
Asked if there should be a second referendum, Mr Cameron added: "What happened last night is some people who've always wanted Brexit have voted against it again and this is exasperating for the Prime Minister".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We have not given up the goal of an orderly exit (for Britain) but yesterday's events mean the options have become narrower". "This really needs to end".
Verhofstadt hit out at former UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage by saying that a long extension would only give the lead Brexiter a new mandate to "continue to have a salary that he can transfer to his offshore company" while trying "to destroy the European Union from within". But the rest of the EU is reluctant to postpone Brexit beyond the late May elections for the EU's legislature, the European Parliament.
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday that the ball was firmly in London's court.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove hinted that tomorrow the government may also move to hold a series of indicative votes on Brexit options.