Today Express.co.uk is asking its readers whether MPs should move to force the Speaker to be ousted immediately – or if they are comfortable with his role. Boris Johnson wants to hold a vote in the Commons today, after MPs backed the Letwin amendment on Saturday delaying a meaningful vote on the deal. But John Bercow will decide whether the vote will go ahead.
Many political commentators believe the vote will be quashed, as although MPs did not get a yes or no vote on the Brexit deal it remained on the order paper and parliamentary rules do not allow for a vote to be tabled a second time.
If the vote does not go ahead the Government’s chances of leaving the EU on October 31 with a deal are incredibly slim.
Mr Bercow has said he will stand down as Speaker of the House of Commons on Brexit deadline day, in just 10 days time.
But critics say he should go now as he will not be around to deal with the fallout of his anti-Brexit decisions.
Express.co.uk is asking you, our readers, whether MPs should move to oust him from his position immediately – in order to stop the Speaker from thwarting the Government’s Brexit plans.
He has repeatedly come under criticism for siding with Remainer MPs, in breach of his supposed impartiality.
Mr Bercow is due to let the Government know if the straight vote on the Brexit deal is allowed to go ahead at around 2.30pm today.
But BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has said the Speaker’s approval “seems unlikely” because the Government didn’t pull the vote on Saturday and instead walked away from it.
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But if Mr Bercow blocks the request it will make it even harder for the UK to leave as planned.
Ms Kuenssberg said it “eats up time”, making it: “Harder and harder and harder as the hours tick by for Government to be able to stick to Oct 31st deadline – still not impossible but looking increasingly unlikely.”
Michael Gove, the minister responsible for no deal planning, has insisted that the UK will definitely leave the EU on October 31, saying he had made a bet with Matt Hancock, the health secretary, that it would happen.
He told Sophy Ridge yesterday: “We are going to leave by 31 October.
“We have the means and the ability to do so … yesterday we had some people who voted for delay, voted explicitly to try to frustrate this process and to drag it out.
“I think actually the mood in the country is clear and the Prime Minister’s determination is absolute and I am with him in this: we must leave by 31 October.”
Mr Gove also revealed he has triggered the Government’s official contingency plans for a no deal.
He said: “The risk of leaving without a deal has actually increased because we cannot guarantee that the European council will grant an extension.
“And that is why I will later today be chairing a cabinet committee meeting – extraordinarily, on a Sunday – in order to ensure that the next stage of our exit preparations and our preparedness for no deal is accelerated.
“It means that we are triggering Operation Yellowhammer. It means that we are preparing to ensure that if no extension is granted – and we cannot guarantee that an extension will be granted – that we have done everything possible in order to prepare to leave without a deal.”