The Latest: German official says Britain must have a plan

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing street in London, Thursday, March 14, 2019. British lawmakers faced another tumultuous day Thursday, as Parliament prepared to vote on whether to request a delay to the country's scheduled departure from the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to shore up her shattered authority. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Anti-Brexit, pro-remain in the European Union supporters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, March 14, 2019. British lawmakers faced another tumultuous day Thursday, as Parliament prepared to vote on whether to request a delay to the country's scheduled departure from the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to shore up her shattered authority. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Effigies of British politicians from left, Prime Minister Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are driven on a truck by anti-Brexit, remain in the European Union supporters outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, March 14, 2019. British lawmakers faced another tumultuous day Thursday, as Parliament prepared to vote on whether to request a delay to the country's scheduled departure from the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to shore up her shattered authority. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A fisherman joins demonstrators at a pro-Brexit March to Leave protest, at Newcastle Quayside, in Newcastle, England, Friday March 15, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May is working to pull off an against-the-odds rescue for her European Union divorce deal, after Parliament voted to postpone Brexit to avert a chaotic U.K. departure in two weeks. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, centre, laughs during the Brexit debate in the House of Commons, London, Thursday March 14, 2019. Britain's Parliament has voted to seek a delay of the country's departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit date of March 29. (UK Parliament/Mark Duffy via AP)

LONDON — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

A German official says if Britain is granted more time to decide on Brexit, the delay needs to be used productively.

Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who is half-British, told RBB radio Friday that "giving more time alone will produce no solution."

She says "I think the EU would be willing to give more time, but there must be some sort of a plan what should happen in this time."

Barley, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner Social Democrats who is the party's lead candidate for European Parliament, added it makes no sense for Britain to participate in May European elections.

She says "politically it is somewhat absurd for a country that was supposed to already be out to take part in the vote for the whole institution."

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9:35 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is working to pull off an against-the-odds rescue for her European Union divorce deal, after Parliament voted to postpone Brexit to avert a chaotic U.K. departure in two weeks.

May will spend Friday and the weekend trying to persuade opponents to support the withdrawal agreement, which Parliament has resoundingly defeated twice. That left Britain facing a disruptive "no-deal" exit on March 29, when a two-year countdown to departure runs out.

After months of deadlock over Brexit, the House of Commons voted Thursday to ask the EU to delay Britain's exit.

May hopes to win approval for her deal next week, then seek a delay until June 30. If it is rejected she says Britain will need a longer extension, which could see Brexit postponed indefinitely.

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