John Bercow lashes out as he tells Boris Johnson to recall Parliament

He won’t go quietly! John Bercow lashes out as he tells Boris Johnson to recall Parliament and sort out Brexit

  • John Bercow claimed voters were baffled by the prorogation of Parliament
  • The speaker said key issues remain unresolved and ‘there are voices to be heard’ 
  • The intervention follows a ruling in Scotland that Mr Johnson broke the law 

John Bercow yesterday called on Boris Johnson to recall Parliament and sort out Brexit.

The outgoing Speaker claimed voters were baffled by the prorogation of Parliament while key issues remain unresolved.

He told the London Evening Standard: ‘There is work to be done, there are voices to be heard, there are arguments still to be thrashed out… I do think there will be a lot of people in the country, of all political opinions and of none, who will say “surely at a time of a grave public policy challenge on the biggest issue the UK has faced since the Second World War, MPs should for the most part be at their place of work?”

John Bercow yesterday called on Boris Johnson to recall Parliament and sort out Brexit

The intervention follows a ruling in Scotland that Mr Johnson broke the law to suspend Parliament. The Supreme Court will rule on the matter next week.

It also comes after Mr Bercow warned the Prime Minister that failing to secure an extension to Article 50 would be as illegal as robbing a bank, after MPs – including 21 Tory rebels – passed a law ordering him to do so to avoid No Deal.

‘One should no more refuse to request an extension… because of what one might regard as the noble end of departing from the EU as soon as possible, than one could excuse robbing a bank on the basis that the cash stolen would be donated to a charitable cause immediately afterwards,’ he said.

The intervention follows a ruling in Scotland that Mr Johnson broke the law to suspend Parliament

The role of Speaker has become ‘irretrievably politicised and radicalised’, a senior Tory MP warned yesterday. 

Sir Bernard Jenkin, of the Commons constitutional affairs committee, accused Mr Bercow of running a ‘majoritarian dictatorship’.

The Speaker has faced repeated accusations of anti-Brexit bias, with Sir Bernard telling Radio 4’s Today programme that political interventions from the Speaker would have been ‘unthinkable’ a decade ago.

The outgoing Speaker claimed voters were baffled by the prorogation of Parliament while key issues remain unresolved

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