Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.K. Parliament speaker to step down

U.K. Parliament speaker to step down

In Monday's speech, Bercow said he would not contest the next election if parliament voted later on Monday in favor of calling one.

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

Only 293 members of the House of Commons voted in favor of Johnson's request for early elections, far short of 434 votes required.

Bercow has been speaker since 2009 - a role traditionally responsible for ensuring decorum during debate, but which took on unusual power this year when Johnson and his predecessor Theresa May failed to get their Brexit policies past parliament.

John Bercow is set to become the first Speaker in 230 years not to be offered a peerage when he quits next month.

It all ended around 2 a.m. (9 p.m. ET) when opposition lawmakers lined up to shake the Speaker's hand, capping off an acrimonious day in Parliament.

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Mr. Bercow is an unpopular figure for many Conservatives who, in the event of no new offer from the European Union, support prime minister Boris Johnson's intention to take the United Kingdom out of the E.U. with no deal.

Also in the mix to replace Bercow as Speaker is veteran Labour MP Harriet Harman, a QC and former minister who has chaired the Joint Committee on Human Rights since 2017.

Mr Bercow received a standing ovation from the Labour benches when he announced his departure, but many Tories stayed in their seat.

He has also been praised for his handling of debates by many, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Our democracy is the stronger for your being the Speaker. On September 3, 2019, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, whose responsibilities include preparations for a no-deal Brexit, said in the House of Commons, "Operation Yellowhammer assumptions are not a prediction of what is likely to happen, they are not a best-case scenario or a list of probable outcomes, they are projections of what may happen in a worst-case scenario".

"The relationship between the Parliament and the public is very hard at the moment and I think a really confident, positive voice, speaking about the importance of Parliament with the public, is necessary at this time".

Boris Johnson's bid for an early general election was once again rejected by MPs, while a Bill aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit was made law.

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