Britain's speaker aims to block parliament closure for Brexit - newspaper

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Amber Rudd has said she believes the risks of a no-deal Brexit are no more than a challenge that can be countered by government action, going back on her previous assessment in which she said it would cause "generational damage" to the UK.

Meanwhile, Speaker John Bercow vowed to "fight with every breath in my body" against any attempt by the Prime Minister to suspend Parliament in order to force through a no deal.

Johnson has said Britain will leave the world's biggest trading bloc on Halloween, whether it has a divorce agreement or not, but a majority of lawmakers oppose that.

"We can not have a situation in which parliament is shut down - we are a democratic society", the Telegraph quoted Bercow as saying at an event on the sidelines of the Edinburgh Festival.

Johnson has refused to rule out suspending Parliament if legislators try to delay or prevent Brexit.

However, the Telegraph cited Bercow as saying: "The one thing I feel strongly about is that the House of Commons must have its way".

She told the BBC: "I remain a great admirer of Parliament and of parliamentary sovereignty and I will continue to argue for the executive of the government that I'm part of to work with Parliament, not against them".

The comments come as former chancellorPhilip Hammond warned of a "betrayal" of the Brexit referendum result if the prime minister allows a no-deal Brexit.

In his first intervention since resigning, Hammond wrote in the Times that parliament "would make its voice heard" and that a no-deal Brexit "must not happen".

He said early signs for a Brexit deal "are not encouraging", warning that demands to abolish the backstop had become a "wrecking" stance over a deal.

Hammond told the BBC that Johnson had moved from a tough negotiating stance to a "wrecking" one by insisting on changes to the withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union that the bloc would not accept.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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