United Kingdom parliament speaker says will step down by 31 October


"In every decision you have made, you have put one consideration above everything else: Your wish to enable the House of Commons to discuss matters and to have a view".

"It's one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat". Some sang, while others waved signs reading, "Silenced".

An avalanche of predominantly Tory MPs have decided enough is enough and quit the House of Commons due to huge pressure being exerted on them over Brexit. MPs also voted against a motion put forward by Johnson calling for a snap election, leaving both him and opposition MPs in a bind as deadline day approaches.

Before finally agreeing to head to the House of Lord's, he labelled Tory MP Graham Stuart a "master of disorder".

Bercow, 56, was given a standing ovation from many members of the lower house as he announced his plan to stand down in the coming weeks - particularly by those on the opposition benches.

Now Bercow, MP for Buckingham, has said that he will not stand in a forthcoming election - news that has been greeted with cheers from Conservative Party MPs who accused him in recent weeks of trying to facilitate "Remainers" in their efforts to thwart a "no-deal" Brexit.

That came ahead of another expected defeat for Johnson, with MPs poised to reject for a second time his call for an early election to break the political impasse over Britain's future.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Mr Bercow for being a "superb" Speaker, and said he had "totally changed the way in which the job has been done".

Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, told MPs her party would campaign to revoke Article 50 - and cancel Brexit - in a general election.

UK Parliament prorogued
The empty chair of the House of Commons speaker after the UK Parliament prorogued

MPs voted by 311 to 302 for a motion by a rebel Conservative MP demanding the government publish all documents relating to Operation Yellowhammer, the codename for preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Bercow said he would not contest the next election if parliament voted later on Monday in favour of holding one.

"This Parliament is stronger for your being speaker".

The order is not legally binding - but the government could be found in contempt of parliament if it refuses to comply.

After the talks, he said a no-deal Brexit would be a "failure of statecraft".

The UK, as of now, plans to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, on October 31.

Civil rights group Liberty lodged papers with the High Court aimed at ensuring Mr Johnson is forced to comply with demands that he seeks a Brexit extension from Brussels. "Is agree to the replacement of a legal guarantee with a promise". If, as expected, lawmakers reject the government's attempt to call an election, he said he would quit on October 31 - the day Britain is now due to leave the EU.

Additional reporting from IRN.

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