Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2019

VIDEO: Moment John Bercow refuses to leave Commons as Remainers shout ‘shame on you’ | UK | News


The Speaker and MPs were asked to attend the closing ceremony of the Parliamentary session following the five-week prorogation until October 14. Mr Bercow, a prominent Remainer, said he will stand down from his role on the current Brexit deadline October 31. As he left his chair in the formal suspension, Remainers could be heard shouting “shame on you” at Conservative MPs. Labour MPs praised Mr Bercow and shook his hand as he left.

Mr Bercow said: “I will play my part, this is not, however, a normal prorogation, it is not typical, it is not standard.

“It’s one of the longest for decades and it represents not just in the minds of many colleagues but huge numbers of people outside, an act of executive fiat.

“Therefore, I quite understand, I’ve already said that Black Rod, I respect and Black Rod is doing her duty and the Queen’s Commissioners are doing their duty and I will play my part.”

Labour MPs also protested the prorogation as they held up signs in Commons with the word “silenced”. 

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Labour Co-op MP Alex Sobel tweeted: “The action taken by myself and other members to beseech Mr Speaker to not accede to Black Rod’s request echoes the action of members to try and prevent the speaker proroguing at the request of Charles I.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t pass any motions against Boris Johnson’s policies.”

Mayhem in Commons sparked a scuffle between MPs next to Mr Bercow’s chair as he shouted down a Tory MP.

Labour’s Lloyd Russell-Moyle, 35, attempted to block Mr Bercow moving as he symbolically threw himself on to the Speaker.

One MP interjected “so do we” before the Speaker continued: “And I do know the standing orders, and I do listen to the advice.

“Sometimes you get these pop-up characters who think they understand these matters on the basis of minimal familiarity with the said standing orders and presume to say that the rules have been broken.

“They are entitled to their opinions but suffer from the notable disadvantage of being completely wrong. I know what the rules are and what they allow, and this is absolutely in keeping with the standing orders.

“If there are people who don’t like the subject matter, and wold prefer it not to be heard and judge that it’s inconvenient, they’re perfectly entitled to their view, but it’s got nothing to do with the procedural propriety.”

He then paused briefly with MPs heard in the background accusing him of being a “bully” and one saying “come on John, have some dignity”, before the Speaker raged: “Don’t tell me young man from a sedentary position what I can and cannot say.”



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