Speaker Bercow will ‘fight with every bone in my body’ to stop Boris Johnson from forcing through a no-deal Brexit


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John Bercow says he will “fight with every bone in my body” to stop Boris Johnson ignoring Parliament on Brexit.
The prime minister has refused to rule out suspending Parliament in order to take the UK out of the EU without a Brexit deal on October 31.
However, House of Commons Speaker Bercow warned on Tuesday that he will do everything in his power to stop Johnson taking this course of action.
“Parliament will be heard and nobody is going to get away as far as I am concerned with stopping that happening,” he told an audience in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His comments came as former Chancellor Philip Hammond launched a new attack on Johnson’s plans.
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The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has warned Boris Johnson that he will “fight with every bone in my body” to stop the prime minister bypassing Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

In comments that set up a constitutional showdown with the prime minister, Bercow told the Edinburgh Festival on Tuesday that “nobody is going to get away” with trying to stop Members of Parliament being heard on Brexit.

Johnson has promised to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union on October 31, the scheduled exit date, with or without a deal. The prime minister has refused to rule out suspending — or proroguing — Parliament to do so.

He is also prepared to go ahead with a no-deal Brexit, even if MPs pass a vote of no-confidence in him beforehand, before calling a general election once the UK has left the UK, according to recent reports.

Read more: A court could soon rule Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit threat to shut down parliament illegal

However Bercow — whose interventions helped MPs who are opposed to no deal have their say on Brexit during the premiership of Theresa May — warned Johnson on Tuesday that he will fight any attempt to ignore Parliament.

“The one thing I feel strongly about is that the House of Commons must have its way,” Bercow said in comments reported by The Telegraph newspaper.

“And if there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid! – to close down Parliament; that is anathema to me and I will fight it with every bone 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 and nobody is going to get away as far as I am concerned with stopping that happening.”

When asked at the end of the event by an audience member whether Parliament could stop a no-deal Brexit, Bercow reportedly replied: “Yes.”

During the Conservative leadership contest to replace May, Bercow warned the then-candidates — Johnson and Jeremy Hunt — it was “blindingly obvious” that MPs would not be “evacuated from the centre stage” on Brexit.

MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit across the House of Commons are currently working out how they can …read more

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