European leaders piled the pressure on British MPs on Thursday to back a divorce deal they have negotiated with Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that the alternative was a cliff-edge exit from the EU next week.
May's appeal to the heads of state and government was described by sources as "90 minutes of nothing".
Mrs May referred to her televised speech in Brussels on Thursday night, saying: 'I expressed my frustrations and I know that MPs are frustrated too - they have hard jobs to do'.
Leaders of the remaining 27 European Union member states drew up the deal in a mammoth eight-hour meeting in Brussels, after turning down the PM's plea to postpone Brexit from March 29 to June 30.
Senior Conservatives are deeply pessimistic that she can win over enough Brexiteer Tories and DUP MPs to secure a majority in the third "meaningful vote" she plans to hold next week on her proposals.
But Commons Speaker John Bercow told MPs who complained about the Prime Minister's statement: "None of you is a traitor".
With just a week to go until Britain risks lurching out into legal limbo at midnight (2300 GMT) next Friday (March 29), European Union leaders gave Mrs May an extra two months, until May 22, to leave if she wins next week's vote in parliament.
What the decision today underlines is the importance of the House of Commons passing a Brexit deal next week so that we can bring an end to the uncertainty and leave in a smooth and orderly manner.
I hope we can all agree, we are now at the moment of decision.
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Mrs May was asked to explain why she thought she would get her deal through the House of Commons at the third attempt.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the United Kingdom has until the April 12th to decide whether or not it wishes to take part in the European Parliament elections that take place towards the end of May.
She said if this involved another extension then the country will have to take part in the European Parliament elections.
When asked for Theresa May's view on the petition, a No 10 spokeswoman said May anxious failing to deliver Brexit would cause "potentially irreparable damage to public trust".
With fears in Brussels growing that the United Kingdom is heading for a no-deal break, Mr Tusk said he would not hesitate to call an emergency summit next week if that proved necessary.
Mrs May formally made the request for an extension to the end of June in a letter to Mr Tusk on Wednesday.
"The choice that we have now is one of resolving this issue or extreme unpredictability", he warned.
"I never got frustrated with Theresa May".
She said: "The prime minister has always been clear that failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of our democracy and something she couldn't countenance".
"People who perhaps have voted for the deal will be thinking 'well, why am I going to help this process out?'"