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'Remainer enabler' Speaker John Bercow grilled by CNN host over Brexit impartiality

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John Bercow denied the claims, but said he is rather an “enabler of all colleges across the House” that want to express “different points of view”. The Speaker began: “If you are performing badly or losing the match it’s quite bad form to blame the referee. It’s up to those who want to get their way to come up with the proposals that people will support, and to win. And if they can’t win, to put it bluntly, that’s not my fault.”

CNN’s Bianca Nobilo asked: “So you would reject then, you said that you enable parliamentary discussion, that you’re a Remainer enabler?”

Speaker Bercow replied: “I wouldn’t say that I’m a Remainer enabler, I would say that I’m an enabler of all colleagues across the House that want to express their different points of view.”

Earlier in the interview, Mr Bercow also said: “The idea that Parliament as a whole should be demolished and denounced as though it’s a kind of nuisance and a fly to be swatted is utterly wrong.

“Some of the abuse directed at Parliament and parliamentarians has been vulgar ad low grade in the extreme.”

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Brexit news: John Bercow discussed his Brexit impartiality during the interview (Image: CNN)

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Brexit news: John Bercow said it is “bad form to blame the referee” if “losing a match” (Image: CNN)

Speaking to the House earlier in September, Mr Bercow said that if the Commons votes in favour of an early general election he will not contest his Buckinghamshire seat.

But if the MPs vote down the motion, the Speaker will stand down on October 31.

Mr Bercow said: “In 2017 I promised wife and children it’d be my last, this is a pledge that I intend to keep – if the House votes for early election my tenure will end.

“If the House doesn’t I have concluded that least disruptive course of action would be for me to stand down for close of business on October 31. Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the queens speak on the 21st and 22nd of October.”

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Brexit news: CNN’s Bianca Nobilo asked Bercow if he is a “Remainer enabler” (Image: CNN)

Originally Mr Bercow said he would stand down last summer but then refused in order to navigate Parliament through the Brexit crisis.

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel said during a phone call with Boris Johnson yesterday that unless Northern Ireland was left behind in a customs union then a deal is “overwhelmingly unlikely”, according to a briefing from Number 10 sources.

Downing Street said it was clear that the EU had adopted a new stance on Brexit. A Downing Street source said: “The call with Merkel showed the EU has adopted a new position. She made clear a deal is overwhelmingly unlikely and she thinks the EU has a veto on us leaving the customs union.


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Brexit news: the comments were made during a CNN interview (Image: CNN)

“Merkel said that if Germany wanted to leave the EU they could do it no problem but the UK cannot leave without leaving Northern Ireland behind in the customs union and in full alignment forever.”

On Tuesday night, Downing Street said the EU now had 24 hours to find a compromise, otherwise, the negotiations between Mr Johnson and the EU would collapse for good.

The European Parliament President David Sassoli also met with the Prime Minister on Tuesday and said the UK had two options: “extension or no deal”.

He also said that there had been no negotiations and that if the UK opted to leave the EU without a deal, then the responsibility would fall on the Government.

He added that extended the Brexit deal could only be granted with a “good reason”.

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