John Bercow: Speaker at centre of Brexit debate to step down

In this image made from video British lawmakers stage a protest in the House of Commons before prorogation of Parliament in London Tuesday Sept. 10 2019. The British government has formally suspended Parliament sending lawmakers home for five weeks

MPs also voted against a motion put forward by Johnson calling for a snap election, leaving both him and opposition MPs in a bind as deadline day approaches.

When the Queen's official approval to prorogue Parliament was announced, the anti-Brexit Labour Party erupted with disdain and disapproval. His hilarious interventions have made the last three years not only bearable but frankly enjoyable.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown) appeared to try to hold on to Speaker John Bercow at the point he was requested to lead MPs to the Lords, with doorkeepers intervening. He has been the longest running one-man show in the West End and will be an impossible act to follow.

Bercow has angered the Conservative government by repeatedly allowing lawmakers to seize control of Parliament's agenda to steer the course of Brexit.

'With bullying claims, his Brexit bias and a willingness to ride roughshod over established procedures, this Speaker has undermined public faith in Parliament'.

Mr Bercow announced on Monday he would stand down on October 31, the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Bercow told the chamber: "At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last".

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Mr Bercow, in an impassioned speech, told MPs he would stand down as speaker on October 31 unless an election is called before then. This is a pledge that I intend to keep'.

She told Today: "This is a Parliament in very hard times".

His announcement was greeted with applause from all sides of the legislature, and a standing ovation from opposition benches.

Before becoming Speaker ten years ago, Mr Bercow was the Tory MP for Buckingham with a majority of more than 18,000. "Our democracy is the stronger for your being the Speaker", Mr Corbyn said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been heavily criticised for suspending parliament for just over a month, only weeks before the country's most important political decision in decades. "If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends", he said.

He was also praised by Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, who tweeted that he was a "driven Speaker and gifted orator but above all the keeper of the great British parliamentary tradition".

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