Speaker John Bercow launches all out attack on Boris Johnson for suggesting he could ignore anti-no deal law, and says MPs will kick him out if he tries -even if it needs ‘procedural creativity’
- Speaker John Bercow was at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture in London today
- Said the only possible Brexit outcome was one approved by Parliament
- Bercow said Johnson could be disobeying the law by not asking for Brexit delay
Out-going Commons Speaker John Bercow has launched an all out attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson for suggesting he could ignore an anti-no deal law.
He warned Mr Johnson against disobeying the law by not asking for a Brexit delay, threatening that extra ‘procedural creativity’ in Parliament would thwart any attempt.
Speaking at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture in London today Mr Bercow said the only possible Brexit outcome was one approved by Parliament, warning that the so-called Benn Act spells this out.
Addressing the attendees he said: ‘It would be the most terrible example to set to the rest of society.’
Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, speaking at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture at Middle Temple in London
Mr Bercow has warned that Boris Johnson (above) could be breaking the law by not asking for an extension
‘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.’
He added that ‘we should not be in this linguistic territory’ and that if we come ‘close to being there’ he believes 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 rulebook nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so.’
Addressing the possibilities of what comes next following the issues surrounding Brexit, he said it was clear that there needed to be a new withdrawal agreement and political declaration, but that it would require ‘heavy lifting’.
He stated that the Benn bill is ‘orderly’ and added: ‘Let me make myself crystal clear: Ladies and gentlemen, the only form of Brexit which we will have, whenever that might be, will be a Brexit that the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed.’
Addressing the option of the possibility of codifying the constitution, Mr Bercow highlighted that the UK is one of only three nations not to have one, but added that the UK had been ‘travelling in the direction’ of such a plan.
He announced on Monday that he will stand aside as Speaker on October 31 and would step down as MP for Buckingham.
He cited family commitments and said resigning on the current Brexit deadline was the least disruptive and most democratic date to quit.