Ex-Speaker John Bercow boasts of helping block a No Deal Brexit

Ex-Speaker John Bercow boasts of being the ‘handmaiden’ who helped rebel MPs block a No Deal Brexit in new comments raising questions about his impartiality

  • He admitting he ‘played a part’ in preventing a No Deal departure from the EU
  • Told an Italian newspaper: ‘I had a handmaiden role, if I can put it that way’ 
  • Infuriated Brexiteers as Speaker, a supposedly impartial role in the Commons

Ex-Speaker John Bercow modestly boasted of his role in blocking a No Deal Brexit today, saying he acted as a ‘handmaiden’ to MPs trying to thwart hardliners.

The former Commons custodian raised the hackles of many Brexiteers who claimed he was biased towards Remainers in his supposedly impartial role in the last couple of years of his decade-long stint.

And he seems to have confirmed those fears, admitting he ‘played a part’ in preventing a No Deal departure from the EU this year, but insisted ‘I didn’t do the deed’.

‘I certainly wouldn’t say that I stopped the No Deal Brexit,’ he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

‘Parliament stopped the No Deal Brexit by voting for the Benn Act. However I acknowledged that I played a part in that.’

Mr Bercow said: ‘Parliament stopped the No Deal Brexit by voting for the Benn Act. However I acknowledged that I played a part in that’

Tennis fan Mr Bercow added: ‘I think I had a handmaiden role, if I can put it that way. But did I do the deed? I didn’t do the deed.’

Pressed further he said: ‘I facilitated colleagues who wanted legally to stop the No Deal Brexit, but it wouldn’t be correct to say that I stopped the No Deal Brexit.

‘It was Parliament that voted to stop the No Deal Brexit.

‘I think I had a handmaiden role, if I can put it that way. But did I do the deed? I didn’t do the deed.’

Mr Bercow has done several controversial interviews with international news outlets as he sets himself up for the lucrative speaking circuit, having retired as an MP on October 31. 

Earlier this month Mr Bercow labelled the UK’s departure from the European Union the ‘biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period’ as he ditched his impartiality. 

He addressed a Foreign Press Association event in London and finally set out his personal views on Brexit in public as he also mocked Boris Johnson.

Asked if he believed Brexit would affect the international standing of the UK, Mr Bercow apparently replied: ‘I’m no longer the Speaker so I don’t have to remain impartial now.

‘But if you ask me honestly, “do I think that Brexit is good for our global standing?”, my honest answer is “no, I don’t”.    

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