John Bercow vows to fight against attempt to suspend Parliament

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Speaker of the House of Commons has said he "will fight with every breath in my body" any attempt by Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament to force through no-deal Brexit.

John Bercow told an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe festival that he "strongly" believes the House of Commons "must have its way".

"And if there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or - God forbid - to close down Parliament, that is anathema to me," he said.

"I will fight with every breath in my body to stop that happening."

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski reacted to his comments on talkRADIO, saying he was “deeply demoralised” by the Commons stalemate.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I for one am deeply demoralised at the impact this gridlock and paralysis is having on our country and on our country’s reputation internationally.

“I very much hope that the Speaker will bear that in mind before he tries to allow this gridlock to continue.”

The Shrewsbury MP added that the “mood of the electorate is changing very rapidly” and issues over the Irish backstop means “the only pragmatic alternative” is to leave “on a managed no deal basis”.

Meanwhile, Labour MP Geraint Davies told Julia he would back Mr Bercow’s move, saying that an attempt to “ram through a no deal” would be unconstitutional.

“Boris Johnson hasn’t been voted for as a Prime Minister by the people and so it would be completely unconstitutional in my view,” he said.

A court hearing on whether the Prime Minister can legally suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit has been fast-tracked to take place on September 6.

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