Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand 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

Speaker John Bercow was almost blocked from leaving his seat as Remainers attempted to sensationally block the proroguing of Parliament.

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In March he thwarted an attempt from Theresa May to bring a third meaningful vote to Parliament on her Brexit deal after she had already suffered two defeats.

Even the foreign press picked up on Bercow's iconic status, with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishing a profile quipping that the speaker offered "the only order" in British politics in the midst of a very disorderly Brexit.

Bercow, known for his thundering cries of "Order!".

Bercow also made worldwide headlines in 2017 when he banned US President Donald Trump from speaking in parliament due to his record of "racism and sexism".

Mr Bercow said he wanted the election for the next speaker to happen "when all members have some knowledge of the candidates". With Bercow, it looks as though Brexit has claimed another political career.

The prorogation, suspending Parliament for five weeks and ending the longest parliamentary session in United Kingdom history, makes a general election extremely unlikely until at least mid-November.

Mr Bercow, in an impassioned speech, told MPs he would stand down as speaker on October 31 unless an election is called before then. The Labour protestors were shouting "shame on you" whilst holding signs saying "silenced" when MPs left the Commons. Our democracy is the stronger for your being the speaker.

"If the house votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends", Bercow told the chamber. If, as expected, lawmakers reject the government's attempt to call an election, he said he would quit on October 31 - the day Britain is now due to leave the EU.

The new vote followed a stormy parliamentary session, in which opposition leaders accused Johnson of calling an election to secure Brexit without an agreement on October 31.

Mr Gove joked he hoped Mr Bercow would not take it personally when he votes for an early general election, adding: "It is the case that however controversial the role of the backstop may be in other areas, your role as the backbenchers' backstop has certainly been one that's been appreciated by individuals across this House".



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