The Speaker of the House of Commons was put on the spot by Conservative MP Adam Holloway who demanded Mr Bercow gave an explanation for an anti-Brexit sticker believed to be attached to his car. Mr Holloway claimed it was a “serious point” to raise about the Speaker’s partiality in the Brexit debate after Mr Bercow agreed to table an amendment proposed by Remainer MP Dominic Grieve.
Mr Holloway said: “We’ve all noticed in recent months a sticker in your car making derogative comments about Brexit.
“This is a serious point about partiality. Have you driven that car with that sticker there?”
The Speaker attempted to justify himself claiming the sticker, which said b******s to Brexit, belonged to his wife who is “entitled to her views” on Brexit despite his role in the House of Commons.
He said: “I think the record will show – and I have the highest regard for the Honourable gentleman – that I’ve listened to all the points of order.
“The only reason why I interrupt him at this point and I hope he’ll forgive me doing so is that there was a factual error in his opening remarks.
“I’m sure it was an inadvertent error and I mean that most sincerely but it was a factual error.
“The Honourable gentleman said that in recent months it had been noticed that there was a sticker in my car.
“That sticker on the subject of Brexit happens to be affixed to or in the windscreen of my wife’s car.
“And I’m sure the Honourable gentleman wouldn’t suggest for one moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of the husband.
“She is entitled to her views. That sticker is not mine and that’s the end of it.”
The Speaker came under the fire of Brexiteers in the House for granting an amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve forcing Theresa May to come back with a second proposal three days after, and if, her Brexit deal is voted down by Parliament next week.
The plan is an amendment to yesterday’s motion, led by rebel Tory MPs including Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry and Sir Oliver Lewin, that would block the Treasury’s powers to prepare for a no deal Brexit.
Parliament defeated the Government for the second time in 24 hours to pass the amendment with 308 votes against 297.
Yesterday’s motion was understood to be un-amendable under parliamentary regulations. But this morning Speaker of the House John Bercow took the unprecedented step to give the go-ahead for the amendment to be tabled in Parliament.
Source : EXPRESS