Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ex-speaker Bercow brands Brexit a huge mistake

Ex-speaker Bercow brands Brexit a huge mistake

John Bercow served as the House of Commons Speaker for 10 years before stepping down late last month.

Mr Bercow also faced calls to quit past year over his alleged partisan behaviour when a "Bollocks to Brexit" sticker was spotted on his auto - although he claimed the vehicle belonged to his wife Sally.

He added, for good measure, that he expected the matter to drag on for more than a decade, in comments made during a talk to the Foreign Press Association.

He, however, rejected the idea he had blocked Brexit, insisting "it was Parliament" that had prevented Britain from leaving before now, "not me". But he now says that Brexit is the U.K.'s biggest foreign policy "blunder" since World War II and that it will leave the country weakened economically and in terms of global standing and influence. "Parliament is no disgrace at all and did its job well".

Broadcaster Piers Morgan, who voted Remain in the 2016 European Union referendum, said: "Astonishing admission that will confirm every suspicion Bercow did all he could as supposedly impartial Speaker to stop Brexit happening".

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Mr Bercow also said he agreed with the decision of the Supreme Court to rule the Prime Minister's decision to prorogue Parliament in September as unlawful.

Bercow has been replaced as Speaker by the Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle, from Chorley in Lancashire.

Mr Bercow's successor as Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, was elected to the position this week, and began his time in the chair by promising to end the "bear pit" atmosphere of confrontation in the House of Commons.

The political crisis has forced parliament into backing a snap general election on December 12.

The former deputy Speaker won the final round of voting with 325 votes against the 213 cast for fellow contender Chris Bryant.

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