The vote makes it likely that the March 29 departure date set down in law, which May has repeatedly emphasised, is likely to be missed, although it is unclear by how long. Withdrawing without a deal could mean major disruptions for businesses and people in the United Kingdom and the 27 remaining countries.
British lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on Brexit - at least for now.
Some 127 leave-supporting Members of Parliament backed Amendment B, tabled by Conservative Lee Rowley, which sought to add to the motion to be voted on Thursday night that "the result of the 2016 European Union referendum should be respected and that a second European Union referendum would be divisive and expensive, and therefore should not take place". "How many votes have there been, and every time it's a negative majority, a majority against something".
British MPs vote to seek extension for Brexit
Lawmakers had overwhelmingly supported Thursday's government motion by 412 to 202 votes.
Brexit supporters say that, in the longer term, it would let Britain forge trade deals across the world and thrive.
It's possible May might bring her plan to Parliament for yet a third vote next week if she is able to forge a compromise with the dissenters in her ranks.More news: Woman awarded $42 million in baby powder terminal cancer lawsuit
"It's still really hard to see how the numbers stack up for Theresa May, but she's giving it one more go", he said.
"I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it", European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter.
It would also require unanimous support among the 27 other member states, whose members remain at odds over the issue. Officials and national leaders in the bloc are exasperated at the events in London.More news: No Manchester City For Juventus Please - Former Italian Premier League Star
"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!" tweeted the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt. Trump, who sees himself as a deal-maker, said he gave May advice but she didn't listen to him.
Trump's comments were made as he welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to the White House for an early St Patrick's Day celebration. The U.K. won't be represented in the European Parliament after it quits the EU; its seats already have been given to other countries to fill in the May election.
He believes a short delay would be useless and is allegedly urging European Union leaders to give Britain more time. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Thursday he will appeal to EU leaders "to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus about it".More news: Facebook's Chief Product Officer and Head of WhatsApp Just Left the Company
Conservative lawmaker George Freeman suggested that May had been so damaged by Brexit that she should promise to quit to get her deal through.