Days before British Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped to secure parliamentary approval for her divorce deal with the European Union, Speaker John Bercow derailed that plan. He refused to schedule a third vote on it without significant changes to the deal — a move that’s reportedly angered Downing Street. May will now likely head to a Brussels summit this week, ahead of Britain’s scheduled March 29 withdrawal, with a request for a longer extension.
Why is that an issue? It would mean the U.K. must take part in elections to the European Parliament in May, for which it would need to spend more than $130 million.