Ex-speaker Bercow makes Brexit a large blunder — AP Job interview

Nellie Chapman
November 8, 2019

Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, Bercow says "the best course for the U.K.is to remain" in the EU.

During his 10-year tenure as Speaker, Mr Bercow has been accused of having an anti-Brexit bias; an accusation he vehemently denies.

And asked whether Brexit would be good for the UK's global standing, Mr Bercow told the event: "The honest answer is no".

John Bercow has claimed Brexit is Britain's "biggest foreign policy mistake" since the war.

He added: "I think that Brexit is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period, and that is my honest view".

However, he added: "My own personal opinion is that Brexit does not help us".

With a General Election taking place in December, Tory Mr Bercow refused to reveal which party he will vote for and predicted that Brexit "won't be resolved any time soon". "It's better to be part of the European Union power bloc", Bercow said, according to the journalist Antonello Guerrera, of La Repubblica, who attended the event in London.

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Throughout the Brexit process, Mr Bercow, 56, has been heavily criticised by eurosceptic MPs over a series of controversial rulings which were seen to favour the pro-Remain side in the Brexit debate.

"Disgraceful this man was allowed to referee our Parliament for so long".

Mr Bercow, who has always been accused of being pro-Remain by Brexiteers, said he thought Brexit was "the biggest mistake of this country after the war".

At the event, Bercow said: "I respect the prime minister and he has the right to do what he did also in the House of Commons".

The former Speaker is stepping down as an MP after representing Buckingham for the Conservatives since 1997.

His deputy, Sir Lindsay Hoy, was elected to take his post on Monday.

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