A TEARFUL John Bercow today announced he is quitting as Speaker after enraging the Tories over his handling of Brexit.
Remainer Bercow – known for his eccentric outbursts in the Commons – choked up as he told the chamber he will quit as a Tory MP if Boris Johnson gets a national poll.
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However, if they do not back the vote Bercow said he will resign on October 31 – the Brexit deadline.
Crucially, this could leave arch Remainer Bercow, who proudly showed off a ‘b******s to Brexit car-sticker, could still be in position for next month’s crucial votes on leaving the EU.
An emotional Bercow, watched on by his wife Sally in the public gallery, broke down in tears as he revealed he was standing down.
The controversial Speaker has enraged Tories and the PM was set to field a candidate against him in his Buckingham seat in revenge for what he sees as anti-Government bias.
At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge I intend to keep if the house votes tonight for an early general election my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends.
Speaker John Bercow
Bercow told MPs: “At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last.
“This is a pledge I intend to keep if the house votes tonight for an early general election my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this Parliament ends.
“If the house does not so vote I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday October 31.”
Traditionally, the main political parties do not stand against the Speaker whose office is meant to be impartial.
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But the PM and colleagues were furious after Mr Bercow – who admits voting Remain – tore up the Commons rulebook last week to allow fellow Europhiles to seize control of the agenda and pass a law to delay Brexit.
In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.
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