London — Britain’s parliament approved legislation on Monday that gives MPs the power to scrutinise and even change Prime Minister Theresa May’s request that the EU agree to delay Brexit until June 30. May has already asked Brussels to extend Britain’s EU membership to allow talks with the opposition Labour Party in search of different exit plan — a last-ditch attempt to keep control after parliament rejected her Brexit deal three times. But MPs want additional legal guarantees against a “no-deal” exit happening on April 12 — the current exit day — and have crafted a law forcing ministers to consult with parliament on Tuesday before May goes to Brussels. “Both houses of parliament have tonight strongly made clear their view that a no deal would be deeply damaging to jobs, manufacturing and security of our country,” said Labour Party MP Yvette Cooper, one of those responsible for proposing the legislation. The bill gives MPs the chance to make legally binding changes to May's request...

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