The 27 other leaders of the EU offered the UK’s prime minister Theresa May, and she accepted, a new deadline of October 31, 2019 to pass a Brexit plan. She has told parliament that if they pass a plan earlier, they can withdraw earlier. She also had to face the humiliation of promising “sincere cooperation” while still in the EU and imploring the EU to ignore the threats from some of her backbenchers that while in the EU, they would disrupt its workings, threats that resulted in France urging language that would summarily expel Britain if they misbehaved. The French proposal was deemed to be illegal but that it was raised showed how fed up some countries are with the UK.
May is hoping that she can pass her Brexit plan before European elections are due to be held on May 23rd and thus not have to take part in them, though there seems to be little basis for her confidence. Taking part in those elections is an issue that infuriates hard core Brexiters,
May is planning to continue to talk with Labour party leaders on trying to arrive at a plan that can pass. It is not customary in the British parliamentary system for the government to include opposition parties in discussions prior to proposing legislation to arrive at a consensus, so this is unfamiliar territory. But now that she has done so, it is not clear why she has not included other key opposition players such as the Scottish National Party in the talks, as they have requested.