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 Johnsons 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 prevent Johnson delivering the hardest possible EU exit once they return from summer recess next month.
The Labour Partys deputy leader Tom Watson on Tuesday urged his party to work with the Liberal Democrats and other parties in their efforts to a no-deal Brexit. Whether youre Liberal Democrats, social democrats or democratic socialists, we are all democrats.
And democrats have got to realise in this crisis that were stronger together if we work together, he told an event hosted by two pro-EU youth movements, For our Futures Sake and Our Future Our Choice. Last week Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Mark Sedwill, the UKs most senior civil servant, to intervene to.