United Kingdom parliament Speaker John Bercow announces he will quit

United Kingdom parliament Speaker John Bercow announces he will quit

The MP for Buckingham has been accused by critics of frustrating the entire process despite his "impartial" role as Speaker.

Bercow said he would not stand again if MPs vote later Monday in favor of an early general election - and if they do not, as seems likely, he would resign on October 31: the scheduled date for Brexit.

The Labour party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party honoured Mr. Bercow with a standing ovation however the majority of his fellow Conservative party M.P.s remained seated with some of them even refusing to clap.

He voted Remain in the 2016 referendum, and his wife's vehicle bears a "b******s to Brexit" sticker.

In March he thwarted an attempt from Theresa May to bring a third meaningful vote to Parliament on her Brexit deal after she had already suffered two defeats.

David Jones, a former Brexit minister, told the Daily Telegraph: "He is gaming the system, as he has done for years".

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton Kemptown) appeared to try to hold on to Speaker John Bercow at the point he was requested to lead MPs to the Lords, with doorkeepers intervening.

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"Some people will say he's a great reforming Speaker, other people would call him a constitutional arsonist", said Seb Whale. The man at the centre of more than three years of fiery Brexit debates in Parliament, Mr. Bercow has been a controversial figure - much criticised by supporters of Brexit and praised by its opponents.

The four favourites to be the next Speaker are Harriet Harman, Dame Rosie Winterton, Chris Bryant and Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Yesterday Boris Johnson visited the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar where he said he still believes getting a deal with the European Union is possible.

Bercow's retirement will take effect either on Monday night if the current session of Parliament is ended without a successful vote to hold a snap general election, or, in the case of a snap election, on October 31, after the debates surrounding the new Parliament's legislative agenda.

"At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last", Mr Bercow told the House of Commons as his wife Sally looked on from the gallery.

While Mr Bercow moves on to a new challenge, Coral has also offered the latest odds on the next Commons Speaker, with a Labour replacement touted.

Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson (Pendle) shouted at the Speaker and left the chamber.

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