British Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans Friday to hold elections to send representatives to the European Parliament, amid delayed departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union due to a series of failed Brexit votes.
May sent a letter to a European Council President Donald Tusk asking for a June extension of the April 12 deadline to leave the EU. She said if the extension was granted that Britain would hold a vote in May to elect members to the European Parliament, which counts as its membership countries from across the continent.
May’s letter comes as a concession that the Brexit process might be delayed for a while.
May has struggled to garner support for a Brexit deal, and said last month she would resign her position as prime minister if members of her party agreed to back her rejected Brexit deal. So far, that approach hasn't worked, with members of Parliament across the ideological chasm rejecting her Brexit proposal.