Eurosceptics frown as Speaker Bercow vows to stay on

May 29, 2019, 5:36 AM EDT
John Bercow, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, said it won't be “sensible to vacate the chair.”
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John Bercow, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, drew the ire of hardliner Eurosceptics as he announced his plan to stay on, a move that critics say, is designed to thwart a no-deal Brexit.

Bercow, who had earlier indicated to his friends that he may quit as Speaker, has changed his mind as it wouldn’t be “sensible to vacate the chair” at a time when the country is set to face momentous events, writes The Guardian.

Bercow also warned the hopefuls of Conservative leadership to not attempt forcing a no-deal Brexit without a prior approval from the MPs, an advice that’s likely to irk hard-Brexit Conservatives, who believe the Speaker may create obstructions by siding with a cross-party group of MPs trying to prevent the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. without a deal by the 31 October deadline, reports Reuters.

 

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