After repeated failed attempts to pass the government’s Brexit deal, the UK parliament backed a motion seeking to extend the withdrawal period beyond 29 March on Thursday. The plan now needs to be agreed upon by 27 EU member states. CC0 ‘No Need for Speed’: Make It Long, ‘Purposeful’ – Carmaker Honda on Brexit Delay The French diplomat emphasized that the Brexit deal, agreed upon by the European Union and the United Kingdom, was a priority, since it protected the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and UK nationals living in the bloc; ensured the transition period; and included the so-called backstop mechanism aimed at avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland. © AP Photo / Tim Ireland UK Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Back Brexit Delay, Rule Out Second Referendum The French minister emphasized that the uncertainty around Brexit was bad for the citizens of the United Kingdom, residents of Northern Ireland and all EU citizens. Loiseau argued that the best way to overcome this uncertainty was to ratify the Brexit deal which was negotiated in detail by London and Brussels. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been facing pressure from both inside and outside the country due to uncertainty over the UK withdrawal from the European Union which she initiated in March 2017 following the 2016 referendum.