Speaker John Bercow to stand down after Tory election threats

John Bercow in blue considers Roger Federer the greatest

John Bercow in blue considers Roger Federer the greatest

John Bercow, the speaker of Britain's House of Commons, announced on Monday that he would step down within weeks.

MPs crowded around Speaker John Bercow, who had announced his resignation earlier on Monday, holding signs reading "Silenced".

The new Act will legally require the government to write to the European Union and request a Brexit extension beyond Halloween if the Prime Minister can not get Parliament to agree by October 19. He has also been praised for his handling of debates by many, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Bercow, whose cries of, "Order, Order!" have gone viral amid months of Brexit chaos, has at times been a divisive figure in the Speaker's chair.

It all ended around 2 a.m. (9 p.m. ET) when opposition lawmakers lined up to shake the Speaker's hand, capping off an acrimonious day in Parliament.

But Bercow has not only enabled parliament to challenge the government's position on Brexit, he has entertained and thrilled us with his oratory and wit.

While she said it was "not funny" and that she had protested when she first heard it, Neill stopped her from speaking further and later tweeted that he had been "appalled" that she should say such a thing live on TV.

Novak Djokovic right doesn't make Bercow's top 10 while Rafael Nadal is number two
Novak Djokovic right doesn't make Bercow's top 10 while Rafael Nadal is number two

The Conservatives had said they would run against Bercow in the next national election, breaking a convention that the speaker be elected unopposed.

MP Mark Prisk said minutes earlier that he would not stand in another general election, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson's brother Jo resigned from government last Tuesday, followed by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd two days later.

He abandoned that commitment ahead of the 2017 snap election, but allegations of bullying by former members of his staff, denied by the Speaker, led to fresh calls for him to quit.

In response, the speaker said: "I don't care if you don't like it".

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and now the Deputy Speaker, told the Home Affairs Select Committee in March 2017 that Jewish female MPs "face the worst of it" and that he had personally met several to discuss their security.

David Lammy said "no one has stood up for Parliamentary sovereignty as effectively as John Bercow over the past few years" following the announcement, calling him "a true protector of our democracy". If they don't he will quit October 31 - the day Britain is due to leave the European Union.

Bercow's cries of "Order!".

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