GOBBY Speaker John Bercow has claimed that belt-tightening by the Tories led to Brits choosing Brexit.
He said the public voted in the referendum based on how they were doing under the party’s austerity policies.
John Bercow has claimed Tory belt-tightening led to the British public voting for Brexit[/caption]
But Mr Bercow, 56, insisted in a talk in the US that “no force on Earth” would stop Parliament having the final say about our EU exit.
And he warned that the Brexit fallout could last 20 years. The Commons Speaker flew to the US while Parliament is in prorogation to speak at New York University.
The talk, called “Brexit for Breakfast: A Day in the Life of John Bercow”, took place in a packed theatre in the journalism department.
Asked about reports that Tory austerity caused Britain to vote to leave, Mr Bercow said it was a “reasonable guestimate”. He added: “That I think is a very fair point.
“There will be people who voted in the referendum purely on the matter of sovereignty, but there will be a lot of people who voted on the basis of their economic circumstances.”
After the talk he posed for photos with adoring students. During questions from them, Mr Bercow said he believed Parliament “cannot be ejected from the centre stage” of the Brexit debate.
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He said: “No force on Earth as far as I’m concerned is going to stop Parliament in a parliamentary democracy deciding what course it wishes to chart.
“Even if an agreement is reached on Brexit, there will be ongoing debate about the future relationship between the UK and the EU for at least the next five years and more likely the next ten and possibly the next 20.”
NYU said it did not pay Mr Bercow for the talk or his travel or accommodation, suggesting British taxpayers footed the bill.
The House of Commons Speaker was giving a talk at New York University[/caption]
The talk, called ‘Brexit for Breakfast: A Day in the Life of John Bercow’ took place in a packed theatre in the journalism department[/caption]
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