Brexiteer MP hints at Bercow’s key role with Remainers to halt Brexit – ‘Game not over’

Tory MP Crispin Blunt told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer he believed on November 1st the UK would no longer be part of the EU, a question other Brexiteers had struggled to answer satisfyingly. But, despite his confidence, Mr Blunt suggested the House of Commons speaker John Bercow may work with Remainer MPs to ensure Brexit does not happen. Mr Blunt also said Mr Bercow was not neutral and may find a way to change the Commons’ normal rules of procedure in his favour.

The Tory MP said: “We have got to remember that the Speaker of the House of Commons is an active player in this game.

“He is not neutral and so, therefore, the rules of procedure and how the House of Commons operates can be changed.

“There is a massive majority in the House of Lords to Remain.

“So this game is not necessarily completely over yet.”

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He added: “However, we do have a government that is now utterly determined to deliver on leaving on the 31st of October.

“What is really welcome is the proper preparations for leaving without an agreement with the European Union, although there have been loads of agreements about what happens in these circumstances, in order not to damage the key interests of both sides.

“Things around the European Union citizens and travels through Calais and the rest.

“We are now seeing a proper level of determination and preparation.

“Which I called for two weeks before we gave notice under Article 50 back in 2017.”

Throughout the Brexit process, John Bercow has been accused of failing to remain impartial and favouring Remainers over Brexiteers in Commons proceedings.

Earlier this month Mr Bercow also claimed there is no “legal or constitutional reason” why the UK voting to leave the EU should not be reversed by a second Brexit referendum.

The idea of a second referendum has been lambasted by a vast amount of MPs as some argue it would be “undemocratic” and not solve anything.

Mr Bercow believes the option of a second Brexit referendum is “possible” and “could happen”.

The House of Commons Speaker clarified he was “not recommending or arguing” for a second Brexit referendum.

Earlier this month, he told France 24: “Yes. I think there is a possibility. I think if Parliament won’t approve an agreement and if Parliament doesn’t want the UK to leave without an agreement, there would in those circumstances.”

He added: “I’m not recommending this, I’m not arguing this, I’m not saying this is what should happen. But in those circumstances there are only two other possibilities, one is that there is a General Election, which might change the arithmetic, the parliamentary mathematics. And the other possibility is that there could be another referendum in which people are confronted with the option of leaving with a deal, a specific deal, or leaving with no deal.”

Newly appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won over some Brexiteer MPs by indicating he would be willing to take the UK out of the EU via a no deal Brexit.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Mr Johnson set up a network of top-level committees to try to ensure Brexit takes place by the deadline of October 31.

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