JOHN Bercow was last night slammed by Tory MPs for thwarting Boris Johnson’s new bid to ensure Brexit is delivered by Halloween.
The Commons Speaker refused to allow the PM a second shoot-out meaningful vote on his deal earlier today.
Citing long-standing Commons rules, Mr Bercow dubbed the bid “repetitive and disorderly” coming so soon after Saturday’s vote, which the PM was forced to abandon after MPs blocked his plan.
He told the Commons: “Today’s motion is in substance the same as Saturday’s and the House has decided the matter.”
Winning today’s second attempt could have allowed Boris to withdraw the Article 50 extension request he was forced to send to Brussels on Saturday night.
Downing Street said the Speaker “has yet again denied us a chance to deliver on the will of British people”, adding: “The public want Brexit done.” Angry Tory Brexiteers accused Mr Bercow of bias.
David TC Davies MP railed at him: “The only consistency one can find in your rulings is they only favour one side and never the Government, who are only trying to do the right thing.”
Sir Crispin Blunt told the Speaker about his “anxiety about your impartiality”. Grandee Brexiteer Sir Bernard Jenkin warned Mr Bercow his constitutional affairs committee will today begin an investigation into whether he had used the Speaker’s powers correctly.
Sir Bernard added: “It is most unusual for a Speaker to prevent the Government from debating the matters they want to put before the house.”
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Mr Bercow hit back to insist he had also gone out of his way to help Brexiteers in the past, including bending the rules for amendments backing an EU referendum.
He said: “I don’t recall the honourable gentleman complaining that I was giving him too much time then. When he was getting decisions in his favour he wasn’t grumbling.
“He is grumbling now as the judgment didn’t go in his favour. I have tried to do the right thing by Parliament. Sometimes people like it when it goes their way, sometimes they don’t.”
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