Remainer Speaker John Bercow holds secret meeting with EU chief about holding second referendum

REMAINER Speaker John Bercow held a secret meeting with an EU chief who said Brussels will back a Brexit extension if voters get another referendum.

David Sassoli said the pair “fully agreed” when they held their chummy talks in London – enraging Brexiteers who called the meeting “disgraceful”.


Mr Bercow – who once had a B******s sticker on his car – is an ardent Remainer and has repeatedly vowed to help anti-Brexit MPs stop No Deal.

Mr Sassoli, whose job is the equivalent of the Speaker, said he "set out my view that any request for an extension should allow the British people to give its views in a referendum or an election.

"Speaker Bercow and I were very much on the same wavelength on the importance of the respective roles of our parliaments in managing Brexit.”

The European Parliament President added: “ There is also a common awareness that a disorderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union would be against the interests of British and European citizens.”


Brexit Party boss Nigel Farage was furious that the Speaker – who is supposed to remain impartial – held the meeting.

He fumed: “Here in Brussels, new Euro parl President David Sassoli confirms a meeting with John Bercow in which they agreed to work to prevent a clean break Brexit.

"What right does the Speaker have to do this? Disgraceful!"

While chairman Richard Tice said he was “gobsmacked”.

He tweeted: “Here in Brussels new President Sassoli admits in chamber that he has bypassed the UK PM and Govt and is now in direct discussions with Bercow about Brexit negotiations."

Let me be very clear Mr Sassoli, you have no right to go and speak with the UK Speaker having conversations that are directly interfering into our domestic politics

Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy accused Mr Sassoli of “interfering” with British politics.

She said: “Let me be very clear Mr Sassoli, you have no right to go and speak with the UK Speaker having conversations that are directly interfering into our domestic politics.

“It exposes your intentions to intervene at all levels to stop Brexit, it is immoral, shame on you.”

"He refused to take my urgent question on what authority they had to have these discussions."

Mr Sassoli’s talks with the Speaker come after he met Boris Johnson yesterday.

The EU chief said it was “painful” to think that a No Deal Brexit is a possibility.

He told Sky News: “There could be problems with economy, security… there could also be a catastrophe.

”We don't know that. And that's why I invited PM Johnson to feel this responsibility."

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UK parliament silenced? Hoarse Speaker Bercow battles to be heard

LONDON (Reuters) – Speaker John Bercow, one of the most prominent voices in Britain’s Brexit debate, struggled to make himself heard on Thursday when a sore throat cruelly reduced his customary booming cry of “Order! Order” to a painful-sounding growl.

Bercow, who has refereed hours of rancorous Brexit debate in parliament in recent years, has earned global notoriety for his loud and verbose outbursts, ruthlessly chiding lawmakers who step out of line and making sure speeches can be heard.

But on Thursday he kicked off the day’s parliamentary session in much less flamboyant style, forced to clear his throat mid-“Order, order” and struggle with his words in a noticeably hoarse voice.

The contrast with his usual delivery caused sitting members of parliament to titter, before Bercow remarked in wry fashion to one inaudible heckler: “It won’t last long, don’t worry.”

One lawmaker even offered him a lozenge.

Bercow’s office said: “The simple truth is, he has a sore throat.”

It was the most prominent loss of a political voice in Britain since 2017 when then Prime Minister Theresa May famously croaked her way through a speech at the Conservative Party conference.

The Speaker’s role is to maintain order in the House of Commons, ensuring lawmakers are heard and procedure followed.

Bercow, 56, has relished that challenge in his decade atop the Speaker’s chair – an ornate wooden throne at the heart of the Commons debating chamber – taking on an increasingly activist role in the Brexit debate to ensure parliament has its say.

He announced last month he would step down from the role soon, offering a warning to the government that it should not seek to degrade parliament.

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