PMs vote on EU withdrawal agreement in the Parliament in London, Britain, March 29, 2019 in this screen image taken from video.
PMs vote on EU withdrawal agreement in the Parliament in London, Britain, March 29, 2019 in this screen image taken from video.

Britain's House of Commons has rejected for a third time a withdrawal plan backed by Prime Minister Theresa May in a vote on the day Britain originally was scheduled to leave the European Union. Two-hundred-eighty-six lawmakers voted for the plan but were outvoted by the 344 votes against.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the Parliament in London, Britain, March 29, 2019 in this image taken from video.

In response, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has called a European Council meeting for April 10. The EU has given Britain until April 12 to let members know what it plans to do.

Leaving the EU with no exit plan could cause economic chaos.

Pro-Brexit protesters take part in the March to Le
Pro-Brexit protesters take part in the March to Leave demonstration, as they walk along the River Thames, in London, Britain, March 29, 2019.

On Wednesday, Parliament turned down 16 different alternatives to Prime Minister May's deal for Britain to split from the EU. Negotiators reduced that number to eight, which were brought to votes. The options included keeping Britain in a customs union with the EU, and one that would have put the question of leaving the EU to another voter referendum.

All final eight ideas were rejected, although the idea of entering into a customs union came closest to winning majority support. Another proposal, holding a second Brexit referendum, also garnered a great deal of support.

Tellers announce the results of the vote on Brexit alternatives in Parliament in London, March 27, 2019. in this screen grab taken from video.
British Parliament Rejects Alternatives to PM May's Brexit Plan
Britain's Parliament on Wednesday turned down multiple alternatives to the government's twice-rejected deal for leaving the European Union, leaving the future of Brexit more uncertain than ever.    The House of Commons took over Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May, who had failed to secure approval of a deal.   Speaker of the House John Bercow announces the res Speaker of the House John Bercow announces the results of the vote on Brexit options in…

The House of Commons took over Brexit planning from Prime Minister May after she tried and failed twice to pass her deal. The contention over May’s plan centers on trade and the border crossing between EU member Ireland and British-controlled Northern Ireland, which local residents routinely cross daily without stopping.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party staunchly opposed the plan.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to Friday's vote by asking if May "finally accepts" the deal will not pass in Parliament. He said members of Parliament will have the chance on Monday to decide on a "better deal for the future of this country." He said if May couldn't accept that, she must step down.

May said Wednesday she would step down as prime minister "earlier than I intended" if lawmakers adopt the plan she negotiated with the European Union.

"I know there is a desire for a new approach and new leadership in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won't stand in the way of that," she said Wednesday.

Britons voted nearly three years ago to leave the EU. But as last week's scheduled departure date grew near, so did turmoil over terms of the deal May negotiated with EU leaders.

Marissa Melton, Fern Robinson contributed.