Perhaps crucially it would demonstrate to the EU parlia

liamentary support for what the prime minister is asking for,” she told parliament during the debate on the legislation.

Any further delay to Britain’s exit would need unanimous approval from EU leaders.

To avoid an abrupt no-deal Brexit on April 12, May must present a s

ummit of EU leaders next Wednesday with a plausible strategy to win approval in par

liament for the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated with Brussels.

May has said that if she cannot agree a unified approach with Corbyn, then the government would come up with a numbe

r of options on the future relationship with the EU and put them to parliament in a series of votes.

The legislation was pushed through as part of a process which has seen lawma

kers seize control of parliamentary time in order to influence the way forward on Brexit. It is very unusual for leg

islation which is not proposed by or supported by the government to be passed by parliament.