Speaker ‘will stay on’ to keep Gov­ern­ment in line

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND -

JOHN Ber­cow’s par­lia­men­tary op­po­nents voiced out­rage yes­ter­day af­ter claims that the Speaker plans to stay on for an­other year to en­sure Europhile MPs can chal­lenge Brexit.

Mr Ber­cow has pre­vi­ously re­sisted pres­sure to stand down by June 22 – the dead­line for the nine years that he said he would serve when he was first elected to the job by fel­low MPs.

And yes­ter­day it emerged that he had told friends he would stay un­til sum­mer 2019 to stop the Gov­ern­ment rail­road­ing an in­ex­pe­ri­enced suc­ces­sor into let­ting it force through Brexit pro­pos­als with in­suf­fi­cient scru­tiny by MPs.

The Re­main-vot­ing Speaker is said to be de­ter­mined to give MPs ev­ery chance to vote on amend­ments to cru­cial Brexit leg­is­la­tion. Brex­i­teers fear this could pave the way for votes on pro-EU MPs’ de­mands for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, a de­lay to “Brexit day” or a wa­tered-down deal with Brus­sels. Con­ser­va­tive MP An­drew Brid­gen, a long-stand­ing critic of the Speaker, said: “Given his re­ported views on Brexit, I am very sus­pi­cious of his in­ten­tion to serve an­other year. “It’s a bit like leav­ing a vam­pire in charge of a blood bank.” A spokes­woman for the Speaker’s of­fice said: “The Speaker was elected by the House in 2017 for the course of the Par­lia­ment. “If he has any­thing to say on his fu­ture plans, he will make an an­nounce­ment to the House first.”

Re­main voter... John Ber­cow

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