Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Bercow finally admits Brexit bias in outrageous first interview after leaving Parliament

Bercow finally admits Brexit bias in outrageous first interview after leaving Parliament

Former House of Commons Speaker John Bokau called Johnson Brexit "the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period".

"I'm no longer the Speaker, I don't have to remain impartial now and if you asked me honestly do I think that Brexit is good for our global standing?"

Mr Bercow, who last week stood down as speaker after 10 years in the chair, angered many pro-Brexit MPs for what they claimed were moves by him to thwart Brexit.

He added: "I think that Brexit is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period, and that is my honest view".

"I respect the prime minister and he has the right to do what he did also in the House of Commons".

Ex-Labour MP Kate Hoey alleged that he had been a "Remain Speaker" in an interview with talkRADIO, and Sir Bernard Jenkin said he had been guilty of "pleasing one lot and not the other" in Commons debates on Brexit.

Speaking to The Linked Press on Thursday, Bercow states "the very best program for the U.K.is to stay" in the EU.

But Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe said it was "disgraceful" someone with Mr Bercow's views was "allowed to referee our Parliament for so long", adding: "The whole establishment is geared against Brexit".

Sir Lindsay said he wants to ensure that backbenchers are still able to hold ministers to account while enabling parliamentary business to be conducted in "the best possible way". However, Bercow rejected the idea he had blocked Brexit, insisting "it was parliament" that had prevented Britain from leaving before now, "not me".

"That's going to be my new role".

The position of speaker is supposed to be strictly impartial but critics frequently accused Mr Bercow of being biased against the government.

Sir Lindsay, formerly a deputy to Mr Bercow, received 325 votes to Mr Bryant's 213.

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