Shameless! Bercow admits he’s ‘never lost sleep’ for sabotaging Brexit as Commons Speaker

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JOHN BERCOW has admitted he has “never lost sleep over” his decisions on Brexit as Speaker of the House.

Former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, was interviewed by ex-Tony Blair adviser, Alistair Campbell, for British GQ. Mr Bercow resigned from his 10-year position as Speaker on October 31. He stunned his interviewer when he declared he had made the “right judgements” as Speaker, despite the controversy surrounding his tenure.

He said: “I think I can honestly say, Alistair, that I’ve never lost sleep over any work-related matter. I’m not going to start now.

“I might have lost sleep in relation to a matter of a family, health or anxiety.

“On that score, but not in relation to work.”

The former Downing Street Press Secretary appeared shocked and asked “Never?”

Mr Campbell began to point out controversial moments from Mr Bercow’s history: “But when you were getting lambasted for the Grieve move or the Benn Act.

“And lots of the Tories saying you were just exposing yourself as a dreadful Remainer and tearing up the constitution.

“You didn’t toss and turn and think ‘have they got a point?’”

The ex-Speaker was adamant that “absolutely not”.

He defended himself: “I thought that I had made the right judgements.

“I suppose I’ll make two points there. The first is that I didn’t tear up the rulebook, there was quite a lot of flexibility contained in some of the relevant rules.

“It was true enough that what I did hadn’t been done before, but that wasn’t because it was prescribed, it wasn’t because it was against a rule or conflicted with a statute or even the explicit terms of a standing order.”

He continued: “It was just that it had not been done before.

“The explanation for which was either that a comparable or similarly serious situation had not arisen before, or an occupant of the Chair had not felt minded to do what I came to do.

“It wasn’t illegitimate.

“The second point is when people say ‘oh well he’s the Remainer-in-chief and he’s proved his bias’, one of the responsibilities of the Speaker is to facilitate minorities in the House and to allow the House to express itself.

“When the Brexiteers, before the word ‘Brexiteer’ was invented, were on the minority benches, I frequently let them put down urgent questions, secure emergency debates, put down an amendment for the Queen’s Speech.”

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