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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:09 PM

Bercow will 'fight' to stop Johnson closing parliament for no deal

Source: The Guardian

Bercow will 'fight' to stop Johnson closing parliament for no deal

Speaker insists House of Commons cannot be ‘shut down’ and will be heard

Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent
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Tue 13 Aug 2019 23.32 BST Last modified on Wed 14 Aug 2019 00.56 BST

The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has said he will “fight with every breath in my body” to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs.

Bercow, who has previously said he did not believe it would be possible to suspend parliament to force through no deal, gave his strongest signal yet he was prepared to personally intervene to stop prorogation.

Speaking at the Edinburgh festival fringe, the Speaker said he would insist on the right of parliament to continue to sit and debate. “The one thing I feel strongly about is that the House of Commons must have its way,” he said. “And if there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid – to close down parliament, that is anathema to me.

“I will fight with every breath in my body to stop that happening. We cannot have a situation in which parliament is shut down. We are a democratic society and parliament will be heard.

“Nobody is going to get away, as far as I’m concerned, with stopping that happening. Nobody should be afraid to say what he or she thinks.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/bercow-will-fight-to-stop-johnson-closing-parliament-for-no-deal

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:23 PM

1. All power to John Bercow!

He's such an entertaining person (love the way he hollers "Order!", but he certainly doesn't tolerate fools.

I'd enjoy seeing him go head-to-head with Johnson.

And for your entertainment:

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