Former British speaker John Bercow brands Brexit a huge mistake


"I don't think it helps the UK".

Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, poses for a photo on Westminster Bridge in London Thursday Oct. 31, 2019. Bercow, who was persistently accused of bias by Brexit-backing MPs during his term as Speaker, gave a valedictory speech to the Foreign Press Association, revealing himself to be a remainer.

"Brexit is the biggest mistake of this country after the war". I respect his right to his view, which is a view very widely shared, but there is an alternative view equally that is very widely shared, and my own personal opinion is that Brexit does not help us.

Bercow later told NHK it is a challenge for Parliament, for the government and for the country to reach a conclusion on Brexit, and there is no guarantee they will do so soon.

He, however, rejected the idea he had blocked Brexit, insisting "it was Parliament" that had prevented Britain from leaving before now, "not me".

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He said Brexit is bad for investment and for Britain's global status.

Mr Bercow also said he agreed with the decision of the Supreme Court to rule the Prime Minister's decision to prorogue Parliament in September as unlawful.

Long-serving UK Labour Party lawmaker Lindsay Hoyle took part in his first Speaker's Procession since being elected on Monday, replacing John Bercow.

The former deputy Speaker won the final round of voting with 325 votes against the 213 cast for fellow contender Chris Bryant.

Addressing the divisive and at times bad-tempered debates over the UK's attempts to exit the European Union - with the final steps slated for right after the 12 December vote, Bercow argued the Parliament is no disgrace at all and "did its job well" in a jab at Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's remarks about the "zombie Parliament".