Britain's speaker aims to block parliament closure for Brexit - newspaper

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2019

John Bercow told an audience in Scotland that lawmakers can prevent a no-deal Brexit scheduled for the end of October and that he would fight any attempt to prorogue, or suspend, parliament "with every bone in my body".

"To set the bar for negotiations so high that we inevitably leave without a deal would be a betrayal", Hammond told BBC radio.

The work and pensions secretary, who kept her job when Boris Johnson became prime minister by renouncing her previously resolute opposition to no deal, said she still believed this would be much less preferable than a managed Brexit.

Johnson and other Brexit supporters argue that any short-term turbulence will be outweighed by new economic opportunities once Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc and can strike trade deals around the world - notably with the United States.

"We can not have a situation in which parliament is shut down - we are a democratic society", the Telegraph quoted Bercow as saying at an event on the sidelines of the Edinburgh Festival.

He believed that Parliament was likely to force a vote of no-confidence on the current Tory government that would force the Brexit delay and could trigger another general election.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned if Boris Johnson takes Britain out of the European Union without a deal, it would be a "betrayal" of the 2016 referendum result.

They said they were "alarmed by the "Red Lines" you have drawn which, on the face of it appear to eliminate the chance of reaching agreement with the EU".

Mr Hammond's comments come as Downing Street said it expects a group of MPs to try to block a no-deal Brexit by attempting to pass legislation when Parliament returns next month. "The pivot from demanding changes to the (Irish) backstop to demanding its total removal is a pivot from a tough negotiating stance to a wrecking one", said Hammond.

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