LONDON - On the day that Britain was originally scheduled to leave the European Union, lawmakers continued their impasse, voting down Prime Minister Theresa May's stripped-down withdrawal agreement for the third time. The opposition leader called on May to resign.
The House of Commons voted 334 to 286 against the Brexit deal, triggering the possibility of the so-called "no deal" divorce between the United Kingdom and the EU. Now lawmakers have until April 12 to announce a new plan or leave the EU without a deal—a massive risk for disruption for people and businesses.
May said the implications of the lawmakers' rejection to the deal are "grave" and that it should be a "matter of profound regret" that "once again we have been unable to support leaving the European Union in an orderly fashion."
Outside the House of Parliament, pro-Brexit protesters brought traffic to a halt by blocking roads, local media reported. They chanted "We shall not be moved" and "Leave means leave."