Speaker John Bercow to stand down after Tory election threats

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

The Speaker continued: "It's one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat".

The Labour party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party honoured Mr. Bercow with a standing ovation however the majority of his fellow Conservative party M.P.s remained seated with some of them even refusing to clap.

He branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament, which runs from the end of Monday's debates until October 14, as a "constitutional outrage" created to "stop Parliament debating Brexit".

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Referring to the protest against prorogation taking place in the Commons by some MPs, The Speaker said: "I recognise that our presence is desired by our Majesty the Queen's Commissioners". His tenure inspired memes galore and many of his most memorable moments and smackdowns went viral online - with some even putting them to music.

In the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his determination to leave the European Union by the deadline of October 31st, whether or not an agreement was signed with the EU.

Even the foreign press picked up on Bercow's iconic status, with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishing a profile quipping that the speaker offered "the only order" in British politics in the midst of a very disorderly Brexit.

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. Conservatives were furious, and Business Secretary Angela Leadsom called Bercow's move a "flagrant abuse" of the parliamentary process. His hilarious interventions have made the last three years not only bearable but frankly enjoyable.

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She said the speaker should not take sides politically but should allow parliament to hold government to account.

MPs approved, without a vote, a motion from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanding the government abide by the rule of law.

Bercow said he would not stand again if MPs vote later on Monday in favour of an early general election - and if they do not, as seems likely, he would resign on 31 October: the scheduled date for Brexit.

Civil rights group Liberty lodged papers with the High Court aimed at ensuring Mr Johnson is forced to comply with demands that he seeks a Brexit extension from Brussels.

Johnson responded by calling for early elections.

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