Speaker Bercow: Britain Could Leave Without A Deal, But Not Without 'Explicit' Endorsement From Parl

The House of Commons will “explicitly and emphatically and unmistakably” lead the terms of Brexit, John Bercow says.
John Bercow, speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, said he would step down as Commons Speaker at the end of October after 10 years on the job. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

If Brexit happens — whenever that might be — Britain’s House of Commons will have to explicitly endorse the deal. One can expect to see John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, making sure proper protocol is met.

Concerns have been brewing over how Prime Minister Boris Johnson will act as the deadline for a Brexit deal fast approaches. If a new deal isn’t agreed upon, Johnson is insistent on being prepared to leave the European Union without a deal on October 31. The House of Commons recently passed a measure aimed at stopping him from doing so.

Simply put, Bercow says, Britain cannot just leave the European Union by default. The House of Commons will “explicitly and emphatically and unmistakably” lead the terms of Brexit, he says.

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