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Twitter users suggest celebrity replacements for Commons Speaker John Bercow

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Bennie Garza | 11 September, 2019, 12:26

In the UK, John Bercow has said he will stand down as Commons Speaker and Member of Parliament at the next election or on October 31, whichever comes first.

"This Parliament is stronger for your being Speaker".

"He's contravened some conventions and for that, it means his legacy is somewhat in doubt, really, as whether it's a positive or negative".

Mr Bercow, who has been the Speaker since 2009 and MP for Buckingham since 1997, has attracted global attention as he presides over heated debates and motions relating to Brexit.

The new legislation, which received royal ascent on Monday, changes that, requiring the Prime Minister to ask the European Union to postpone the exit until January 31, 2020, unless parliament approves an agreement, or exits without agreement by October 19.

He also said it would be better than after a general election, when new MPs may come under party influence in their choice of the next speaker.

Writing in the Independent, Mr Lewis, MP for Norwich South, said he and colleagues had taken "peaceful, direct action, symbolically flanking the Speaker, to say we will not be silenced, and that we will stand up for the democratic freedoms and sovereignty of our Parliament".

During the traditional proroguing ceremony told politicians she required their presence in the House of Lords.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Bercow for being a "superb" speaker.

"At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last", Mr Bercow told the House of Commons as his wife Sally looked on from the gallery.

Mr Bercow said he wanted the election for the next speaker to happen "when all members have some knowledge of the candidates".

Mr Bercow announced on Monday he would stand down on October 31, the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU. On September 3, 2019, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, whose responsibilities include preparations for a no-deal Brexit, said in the House of Commons, "Operation Yellowhammer assumptions are not a prediction of what is likely to happen, they are not a best-case scenario or a list of probable outcomes, they are projections of what may happen in a worst-case scenario".

Johnson's plans to go ahead with "no-deal" Brexit if need be were thwarted last week, after MPs voted in favor of a bill which would force him to seek a new three-month extension from Brussels if there is no new deal by October 19.

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