Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers third defeat in Parliament

A Brexit deal proposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May was voted down on Friday for the third time by the country's Parliament. 

"It should be a matter of profound regret to every member of this House that once again we have been unable to support leaving the European Union in an orderly fashion," she said after the vote. 


"The legal default now is that United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on the 12th of April," she added. "That is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal, and yet the House [of Commons] has been clear it will not permit leaving without a deal, and so we will have to agree an alternative way forward."

According to The Washington Post, Friday's vote was on a stripped down version of May's prior plans, both of which were rejected. 

The country was originally scheduled to leave the European Union on Friday but had been granted an extension until April 12 in order to allow May another attempt at passing a deal through Parliament.

After the latest deal rejection, European Council President Donald Tusk called for an EU meeting for April 10, just two days before the U.K. is now scheduled to leave. 

The Labour Party, which opposes May's Conservative Party, tweeted that the government was "in chaos" after the vote. 

 The U.K. voted to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum.