Bercow SNUB: Speaker foiled in bid to join exclusive club after Brexiteers protest

Posted on Oct 5 2019 - 5:30am by admin

The keen tennis player, who is often spotted in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, had hoped to become a member of the exclusive club. But insiders say his application has been withdrawn, the Daily Mail has reported. A source said: “Some members are so angry about his perceived anti-Brexit shenanigans it was made clear his application would not be looked on favourably.”

Mr Bercow, who has announced he will stand down at the next election or October 31, whichever comes first, has previously told audiences that he voted Remain.

And Deputy Commons Speaker Eleanor Laing said some MPs no longer see Speaker John Bercow as being impartial.

Mrs Laing, one of the contenders to replace Mr Bercow, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are a lot of members of Parliament who feel the impartiality of the chair has possibly been diminished.”

She urged MPs to behave “with courtesy and politely” and said she would enforce “respect” for Parliament if elected Speaker.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said Speaker John Bercow has “damaged the standing” of the House of Commons in the eyes of the public.

The Commons Leader said: “As a Parliamentarian, I have been in many ways and remain a great admirer of the Speaker.

“He has helped MPs hold the Government to account and to seek redress of grievance.

“But in my view, he has now flown too close to the sun and I hope that as he comes to his retirement he will not allow the good he has done in his earlier years to be forgotten.

“But his recent mistakes have, to my deepest regret as Leader of the House of Commons, damaged the standing of the House in the eyes of the British public to the lowest point in modern history.”

Mr Bercow enraged many Tory MPs last month when he warned Boris Johnson he was prepared to rip up the parliamentary rulebook to stop any illegal attempt by the Prime Minister to take the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.

In a direct warning to No 10, he said he was prepared to allow “additional procedural creativity” if necessary to allow parliament to block Mr Johnson from ignoring the law set out in the Benn Act.

He said: “If we come close to Johnson ignoring the law, I would imagine Parliament would want to cut off that possibility.

“Neither the limitations of the existing rulebook or ticking of the clock will stop it doing so.

“If I have been remotely ambiguous so far, let me make myself crystal clear.

“The only form of Brexit that we have, whenever that might be, will be a Brexit that the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed.”

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