Speaker John Bercow: London’s longest-running one-man show

In this image made from video British lawmakers stage a protest in the House of Commons before prorogation of Parliament in London Tuesday Sept. 10 2019. The British government has formally suspended Parliament sending lawmakers home for five weeks

Tearful House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down amid Brexit chaos

Since 2009, Bercow has served as Speaker of the House, but this afternoon he effectively called time on his distinguished career in the lower chamber after revealing he promised his family that the 2017 general election was to be his last.

"No matter how many devices this Parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest", he said.

Bercow's retirement will take effect either on Monday night if the current session of Parliament is ended without a successful vote to hold a snap general election, or, in the case of a snap election, on October 31, after the debates surrounding the new Parliament's legislative agenda.

Lawmakers will return to Parliament for a Queen's Speech in mid-October - little more than two weeks before the Brexit deadline is to expire.

As the prorogation ceremony began opposition MPs reacted furiously and began chanting "shame on you, shame on you" across the Chamber.

In general elections, Sir Lindsay would still stand for election in Chorley.

Mr Johnson is now more than 20 seats short of a majority in Parliament, making effective government extremely hard.

Referring to the lengthly suspension, the Speaker, John Bercow, says this prorogation is "not a standard or normal prorogation". "It's one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat". "And whatever you do when you finally step down from Parliament, you do so with the thanks of a very large number of people", added Corbyn.

Instead, MPs approved legislation which is created to stop the Government from forcing through a no-deal Brexit at the end of next month.

It was left to Tory leader in the Lords Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, the Lord Speaker Lord Fowler and convener of the independent crossbenchers Lord Hope of Craighead to formally receive the Commons speaker and MPs.

Only 293 members of the House of Commons voted in favor of Johnson's request for early elections, far short of 434 votes required.

In the House of Commons, meanwhile, some lawmakers proceeded to sing songs including the hymn "Jerusalem", "Scots, wha hae", " The Red Flag" and "Bread of Heaven" - in Welsh, and including harmonies.

Mr. Bercow has been a Conservative party M.P. the constituency from Buckingham since 1997.

Bercow returned to Commons to confirm the prorogation.

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