School of Politics and International Relations

The Bercow decision

20 March 2019

Speaker John Bercow has thrown the UK's Brexit plans into further confusion by ruling out another vote on the PM's deal unless MPs are given a new motion. Professor Tim Bale spoke to Bloomberg Television about Bercow’s decision. He said: “I think they [the government] must have thought of it, but I suspect they thought the Speaker wouldn’t dare do it because it's such a controversial thing to do. There has been bad blood between this Speaker and the rest of the Conservative Party for quite some time actually, and I think the government probably assumed that this Speaker, although he can be awkward at times, would probably in the end allow the government to do what it wanted to do.”