UK lawmakers to vote on two proposed changes to government's 'no deal' Brexit motion

Flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament, ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers will have the opportunity to vote on two proposed changes to Prime Minister Theresa May's next steps on Brexit on Wednesday, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said. Lawmakers will vote on a government motion later which states that parliament rejects leaving the European Union without a deal on March 29, but notes that leaving without a deal remains the legal default unless a deal is agreed. Bercow said he had selected an amendment put forward by Conservative lawmaker Caroline Spelman, and supported by lawmakers from several parties, which seeks to rule out a no-deal exit under any scenario. He also chose an amendment proposed by a group of Conservative lawmakers which calls on the government to delay Brexit until May 22 to give it time to put in place measures to mitigate the consequences of leaving the EU without a deal. Voting on these amendments and the motion will take place one by one from 1900 GMT. The lawmaker proposing each amendment can choose not to put it to a vote. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper)