The Speaker of the House of Commons warned he “will fight with every breath in my body” to stop any attempt by the Prime Minister to suspend Parliament in order to deliver Brexit on October 31. During a speech in Edinburgh, Mr Bercow was involved in an impassioned exchange with an audience member, who shouted “can Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit?”, to which the controversial speaker decisively replied “yes”. The Commons Speaker has played a pivotal role in the Brexit process and has clashed with Brexiteer’s since the referendum, over his selection of amendments to thwart Britain’s exit from the bloc.
Earlier this year Mr Bercow controversially went on a collision course with the then Prime Minister Theresa May.
Mr Bercow stated Mrs May could not bring back her withdrawal agreement to parliament for another vote without any changes made to the agreement with Brussels.
His latest remarks will come as a severe blow to Mr Johnson, after his senior advisor Dominic Cummings claimed MPs had left it too late to stop a no deal Brexit.
Mr Bercow told a 200-strong audience Parliament “will be heard” and has stated he will continue to oversee Britain’s exit from the bloc and said he has “no plans to retire at the moment”.
The Commons Speaker said: “The one thing I feel strongly about is that the House of Commons must have its way.
“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.”
Mr Bercow, who voted to remain in the 2016 EU referendum, also hinted he would be willing to break political convention in order to derail the Prime Minister’s plans.
He said: “I do respect tradition, and I do respect precedent.
Mr Hammond has gone on a scathing attack on Mr Johnson by insisting a no deal Brexit would be a “betrayal” of the 2016 vote.
The former Cabinet minister wrote in The Times: “Most people in this country want to see us leave in a smooth and orderly fashion that will not disrupt lives, cost jobs or diminish living standards, whether they voted Leave or Remain in 2016.”
Mr Hammond added: “Parliament faithfully reflects the view of that majority and it will make its voice heard.
“No-deal would be a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result. It must not happen.”