John Bercow: Brexit was the biggest mistake since the war

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

He argued: "If you ask me honestly, do I think that Brexit is good for our global standing, my honest answer is no I don't".

Bercow, who was a Conservative MP before taking the role as speaker 10 years ago, was criticised by some Conservative MPs regarding some of his decisions regarding Brexit. In his first interview about Brexit since leaving the Commons, Mr Bercow told the Foreign Press Association in London: "I don't think it helps the UK".

"I respect Prime Minister Johnson but Brexit doesn't help us".

The 56-year-old played an instrumental role in Britain's failure to exit the European Union on October 31 after allowing MPs to put forward a motion preventing the United Kingdom from leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Mr Bercow was accused by some Brexit-backing MPs of siding with Remainers during his time as Speaker.

Mr Lowe wrote on Twitter: "Bercow has just called Brexit 'the biggest mistake of this country after the war'".

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At the event, Bercow said: "I respect the prime minister and he has the right to do what he did also in the House of Commons".

Hoyle was elected speaker of Britain's House of Commons on Monday, chosen by lawmakers from among seven candidates to replace the influential but contentious Bercow.

Addressing the divisive and at times bad-tempered debates over the UK's attempts to exit the European Union - with the final steps slated for right after the 12 December vote, Bercow argued the Parliament is no disgrace at all and "did its job well" in a jab at Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's remarks about the "zombie Parliament".

He said: "I think my style will be about trying to get business through the House in the best possible way but making sure that backbenchers are heard and they are going to hold the executive to account", he said.

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

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