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British press calls speaker Bercow ‘Brexit destroyer’

AFP
Published Mar 20, 2019, 1:18 am IST
Updated Mar 20, 2019, 1:18 am IST
The Daily Mail’s front page was a picture of Bercow grinning, with the headline: “Smirk that says: Brexit be damned.”
John Bercow (Photo: AP)
 John Bercow (Photo: AP)

London: Britain’s mostly right-wing newspapers branded parliamentary Speaker John Bercow an obnoxious, despotic traitor on Tuesday after his bombshell ruling threw the Brexit process into disarray. After Bercow ruled MPs could not vote again on the EU divorce deal unless it was substantially changed, newspapers labelled him the “Brexit Destroyer” and a “preening egotist” bent on stopping Britain leaving.

But editorials in the more pro-EU papers said the dramatic situation, 10 days out from Britain’s scheduled departure date, was entirely Prime Minister Theresa May’s fault and Bercow had been right to assert parliamentary primacy over of the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union.

 

The Daily Mail’s front page was a picture of Bercow grinning, with the headline: “Smirk that says: Brexit be damned.”

The Sun, which considers Bercow an “odious slug”, said: “Remainers have their reward for keeping the most obnoxious, discredited and shameless Commons speaker in his job.”

The Daily Express’s called Bercow “The Brexit Destroyer”. “Bercow stoops low with this Brexit ambush,” its editorial said.    

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