SPEAKER John Bercow has been sensationally accused of running a “majoritarian dictatorship” in the House of Commons – after he vowed “creativity” in Parliament to stop a no-deal Brexit.
It came as the EU-loving Remainer also compared Prime Minister Boris Johnson to a BANK ROBBER for refusing to delay Brexit again.
John Bercow likened Boris Johnson to a bank robber for refusing to delay Brexit again[/caption]
Top Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin accused Speaker John Bercow of running a ‘majoritarian dictatorship’[/caption]
His comments have sparked a furious backlash from MPs and voters – including a scathing attack from senior Tory Sir Bernard Jenkin.
Sir Bernard today warned the office of Speaker – which is meant to be unbiased – had become “irretrievably politicised and radicalised.”
Taking aim at outgoing Remainer Bercow, who is quitting after 10 years on October 31, he proposed a radical shake-up in the Commons to limit the Speaker’s powers.
He said the current position of Speaker allowed “unregulated and untrammelled power”.
And he blasted Bercow, 56, for running “a kind of majoritarian dictatorship position.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Tory MP Sir Bernard also accused him of launching a “personal attack” on the Prime Minister – which would have been “unthinkable 10 or 15 years ago.”
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant also weighed in on Twitter, blasting: “His [Bercow’s] bias has brought the office of Speaker into disrepute.”
One frustrated voter said the Speaker had “bent every possible constitutional rule in the book” to get Brexit stopped with “gusto.”
The growing outrage against Bercow comes amid his escalating war with No.10, where he has warned the PM against disobeying the law by not asking for a Brexit delay.
MPs passed legislation on September 2 making a “No Deal” exit from the EU illegal.
Addressing the suggestion Boris Johnson would simply “ignore” the bill, Bercow said extra “procedural creativity” in Parliament would be used to thwart any attempt to leave the EU without a deal on October 31.
He said MPs must back the method of Britain’s exit.
“HE HAS BENT EVERY POSSIBLE RULE WITH GUSTO”
In a speech in London on Wednesday, Bercow compared any attempt to shun the law over the extension with a bank robber excusing their crime by giving their loot to charity.
He said: “It would be the most terrible example to set to the rest of society.
“One should no more refuse to request an extension of Article 50 because of what one might regard as the noble end of departing from the EU as soon as possible, than one could possibly excuse robbing a bank on the basis that the cash stolen would be donated to a charitable cause immediately afterwards.”
If the Government comes close to disobeying the Act, the MP said that Parliament “would want to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully”.
“If that demands additional procedural creativity in order to come to pass, it is a racing certainty that this will happen, and that neither the limitations of the existing rule book nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so.”
Bercow, accused of dropping water in his eyes during a teary resignation speech to MPs, has proved a stubborn thorn in the side of Brexiteers.
He has sparked fury from the Commons and voters who believe he has constantly tired to block our exit from the bloc.
His wife even has a ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ sticker on her car.
But his behaviour has seen him become the first Commons Speaker to have his peerage blocked in 230 years.
Ministers are said to have moved to punish him for “bias” during Brexit debates.
Boris Johnson continues to unravel his Brexit conundrum as MPs made a “No Deal” exit illegal[/caption]
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