Archiv: Speaker of the House


29.01.2020 - 11:54 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Pelosi seeks to reassure Israel as Democrats debate military aid

(23.01.2020)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a congressional delegation to Israel this week amid an intraparty debate over conditioning military aid to the close US ally and Democratic efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran.

“And no matter what our party — or wherever we are within our party — the fact that we have the shared values with Israel and that is one reason for our joy in the creation of Israel as a historical miracle, the greatest accomplishment of the [20th] century,” Pelosi said at a working lunch with Knesset members.

12.01.2020 - 00:46 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

08.12.2019 - 11:31 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

Pelosi: ‘This is about the Constitution’ | Impeachment This Week

When lawmakers returned from Thanksgiving, the House Judiciary Committee took over the impeachment inquiry into President Trump as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats will move forward. Come inside the impeachment inquiry with The Washington Post.

06.12.2019 - 13:57 [ theHill.com ]

The Hill’s Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached

The California Democrat’s announcement and her description of Congress’s duty to act were not surprises. A little more than two work weeks remain before lawmakers break for Christmas, with votes on the articles of impeachment expected to be among the House’s final actions prior to recess. Congress has yet to decide how to keep the government operating beyond Dec. 20, when current funding instructions expire.

17.11.2019 - 12:15 [ Mother Jones / Twitter ]

.@SpeakerPelosi: “A system of checks and balances—that’s a republic, if we can keep it. And we have the responsibility to keep it as custodians of the Constitution. We are defenders of our democracy.“

(13.11.2019)

03.11.2019 - 13:31 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: „Outing the whistleblower is an unpatriotic action. They shouldn’t even go near that.“

(30.10.2019)

03.11.2019 - 09:55 [ Nancy Pelosi - Speaker.gov ]

Dear Colleague on Legislating For The People in the New Phase of the Impeachment Inquiry

I believe that the truth will set us free, and the facts are clear. President Trump withheld Congressionally-approved military assistance to Ukraine for his political advantage and now is covering it up. Ukraine desperately needed this assistance. At least 11,000 Ukrainians have already died in the fight against Russia’s incursions into their country. The President’s actions undermined national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections and violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

President Nixon resigned office because of the break-in of the DNC Headquarters for his political gain and the cover-up. Some observers of that sad time of our history say that President Nixon’s offenses pale in comparison to what President Trump has done.

22.10.2019 - 06:24 [ Ebi Tarkeshi / Twitter ]

Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies after Trump’s decision on Syria The House speaker met with Jordan’s leaders to discuss refugees and ‘regional stability.’

17.10.2019 - 06:32 [ theHill.com ]

War of words at the White House

A Democratic source familiar with how the meeting transpired said it “devolved into the president calling the Speaker a name. He was quite nasty, so she stood up to go. She started to sit back down but Rep. Hoyer got her to go. Pelosi and Hoyer walked out of the meeting.”

The source added that when Pelosi and Hoyer were preparing to walk out of the meeting, Trump said to them: “I’ll see you at the polls.”

17.10.2019 - 06:14 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

I am deeply concerned that the White House has canceled an all-Member classified briefing on the dangerous situation the President has caused in Syria, denying the Congress its right to be informed as it makes decisions about our national security.

17.10.2019 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Trump tweets photo of Pelosi at White House meeting, accuses her of ‚meltdown‘

President Trump on Wednesday tweeted out photos from his contentious meeting with Democrats and Republicans on Syria, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of having an „unhinged meltdown.“

16.10.2019 - 17:01 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi: No House vote on impeachment inquiry

The decision came after Democratic leaders, returning to Washington following a two-week recess, had reached out to members of their diverse caucus to gauge the party’s support for such a vote.

After back-to-back meetings with party leaders and then the full caucus, Pelosi announced that no such vote would take place.

03.10.2019 - 12:03 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚We’re not fooling around‘: Pelosi and Schiff stand firm as Trump fumes

Elijah Cummings, the chair of the House oversight committee, revealed that it would issue a subpoena to the White House if it failed to hand over documents on contacts with Ukraine by Friday.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Cummings said, saying the White House had stonewalled on demands for cooperation for several weeks.

30.09.2019 - 21:09 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi tells Democrats to focus on Constitution, not Trump

The aide said the Speaker told members the inquiry “isn’t about politics” or partisanship — “It’s about patriotism,” she said.

“The idea that this has anything to do with whether you like him or not — forget that. That’s about the election. This is about the Constitution,” Pelosi said, according to an aide.

29.09.2019 - 11:28 [ JoeFaz™® VetsResistSquadron ‏/ Twitter ]

„It doesn’t matter,“ Pelosi responded. „Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.“ Me: This is what a brave woman would say

Pelosi: Impeachment worth losing House in 2020

29.09.2019 - 11:21 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi: Impeachment worth losing House in 2020

„It doesn’t matter,“ Pelosi responded. „Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.“

„People say you have to take a political risk doing that,“ she continued. „That doesn’t matter. That doesn’t matter.

29.09.2019 - 10:01 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚FOREIGN PLOT‘ No10: launches probe into Remainers who ‘colluded with France and EU’ to write Brexit Surrender Act as MPs ‘plot for Bercow to bypass PM’

Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.

Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.

29.09.2019 - 09:11 [ Daily Mail ]

No 10 probes Remain MPs‘ ‚foreign collusion‘ amid plot to allow John Bercow to send ’surrender letter‘ to Brussels asking for a delay to Brexit

Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.

13.09.2019 - 11:56 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Bercow Compares No Deal Brexit to ‘Robbing a Bank’

The supposedly impartial speaker took the opportunity to declare that he supports written constitution, and even ad-libbed from his script to actually compare the Prime Minister to a knife-wielding street gang member. A new Speaker can’t come soon enough…

13.09.2019 - 11:52 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

John Bercow vows to use ‚procedural creativity‘ to stop Boris Johnson ignoring law blocking no-deal Brexit

The House of Commons Speaker compared the Prime Minister’s vow not to request the Article 50 extension demanded by the legislation to „robbing a bank“.

Mr Johnson has said he would rather be „dead in a ditch“ than ask for a delay to the UK’s departure, while ministers have suggested they will “test” the law out in the courts before enacting it.

09.09.2019 - 17:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit: John Bercow to step down as Speaker by 31 October – live news

Here is the full text of John Bercow’s resignation statement.

Colleagues, I would like to make a personal statement to the house. At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the house votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends.

If the house does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me stand down at the close of business on Thursday, 31 October. Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen’s speech expected on 21 and 22 October.

08.09.2019 - 12:59 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Speaker John Bercow tells aides he will quit at next election after Tories launch campaign to oust him

In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.

A Commons source said Mr Bercow has privately told staff he is will step down as Speaker at the next election.

08.09.2019 - 12:53 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson tells John Bercow, ‚You’re out!‘: Tories will oust ‚biased‘ Commons Speaker after he ripped up the rulebook and helped block Brexit

In an article for today’s MoS – printed below – Ms Leadsom says that, by allowing MPs to take over the Parliamentary timetable, the Speaker ‚hasn’t just bent the rules, he has broken them‘.

The Cabinet Minister – who clashed repeatedly with Mr Bercow when she was Commons Leader – describes last Tuesday’s vote as ‚a flagrant abuse‘, adding: ‚It is right that the Conservatives will recognise this fact at the next General Election by standing our candidate in Buckingham.‘

04.09.2019 - 06:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tories tear up convention with plan to contest John Bercow’s seat in general election

The Conservatives are set to break with convention and stand against John Bercow in the next general election, the Telegraph understands.

In what would be a dramatic move, the Tories are lining up a Brexiteer to take on the Commons Speaker in the constituency of Buckingham, in Buckinghamshire.

31.08.2019 - 10:24 [ Guido Fawkes ]

John Bercow’s Next Job?

As Britain’s EU membership finally comes to an end next month, so (hopefully) will John Bercow’s miserable time as Speaker. Luckily, however, the St Helena Tourism Board have posted a job vacancy perfect for him should he be looking for a new job over the coming weeks.

08.08.2019 - 16:55 [ CNN ]

Elijah Cummings calls on Congress to cancel recess

„Yes, you’ve got people dying. Come on now,“ Cummings said during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. „I think we have a real to do whatever is necessary to save lives.“
Cummings said he has not spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she intends to call back the House but he would, „totally support her if she did.“

04.08.2019 - 11:27 [ joan schwartz ‏/ Twitter ]

@SpeakerPelosi Congratulations on passing legislation to stop fueling war in Yemen by unconditionally suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This must remain in the final bill sent to the President for signature.

(31.07.2019)

03.08.2019 - 21:49 [ Newsweek ]

Ilhan Omar Posts Instagram Picture With Nancy Pelosi in Africa: ‚They Said „Send Her Back“ But…She Went Back With Me‘

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar posted to Instagram a picture with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from a trip they took together to Africa to send a pointed message to President Donald Trump after his recent „go back“ tweet.

27.07.2019 - 12:49 [ theHill.com / Twitter ]

Question: „Speaker Pelosi, did she understand your concerns?“ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: „It was a positive meeting and productive.“ Question: „Does she respect your opinion?“ AOC: „Absolutely. Absolutely.“

27.07.2019 - 12:42 [ newsandguts.com ]

Nancy Pelosi And Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Have “Positive Conversation”

If a picture says a thousand words, this one may do a lot to show that two powerful members of Congress can disagree on issues, but still have respect for each other.

17.07.2019 - 13:24 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen. If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more.

They are now the top, most… ….visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!

17.07.2019 - 13:06 [ Elizabeth Warren, US Senatorin / Twitter ]

Let’s be very clear: @realDonaldTrump’s tweets were racist. Persist, @SpeakerPelosi. Persist. #shepersisted

17.07.2019 - 13:01 [ theHill.com ]

House votes against striking Pelosi remarks from record

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took to Twitter to note Pelosi would not be able to speak on the floor for the remainder of the day after failing to comply with House rules.

“BREAKING NEWS —> Speaker Pelosi just broke the rules of the House, and is no longer permitted to speak on the floor of the House for the rest of the day,” he tweeted.

But McCarthy’s tweet ultimately proved to be premature.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) requested Pelosi’s speaking privileges be restored immediately after the vote to strike her comments from the record failed on the floor.

17.07.2019 - 12:51 [ Mess of Media / Youtube ]

Rep Cleaver Abandons Chair While Presiding US House

Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver abandons the chair while presiding in the House of Representatives over dysfunction among Democrats and Republicans.

17.07.2019 - 12:43 [ RollCall.com ]

‘I abandon the chair’: House floor in chaos over Pelosi speech on Trump tweets

“We don’t ever, ever, want to pass up an opportunity, it seems, to escalate. And that’s what this is,” he added, referring to Republicans‘ motion to strike Pelosi’s remarks. “I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness, but unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight.”

Cleaver’s decision to abandon the chair appeared unprecedented, at least in recent history.

17.07.2019 - 12:37 [ Politics News NET / Youtube ]

B0mbshell! Chaos in The House as Vote To Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From The Record Fails

B0mbshell! Chaos in The House as Vote To Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From The Record Fails

17.07.2019 - 12:11 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

In this House, we speak truth to power.

17.07.2019 - 12:08 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Pelosi stuns House floor with sharp rebuke of Trump’s ‚racist tweets‘

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s remarks on in the House Chambers draw a response from Rep. Doug Collins.

14.07.2019 - 18:40 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.

21.06.2019 - 21:44 [ Washington Post ]

Pelosi says White House did not tell her about Iran strike plan

At a congressional event, Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, was asked if she had been notified by the White House, and she replied, “No.”

07.06.2019 - 16:09 [ Evening Standard ]

Brexit news latest: The Queen ‚could reject a new PM’s demands to suspend Parliament over no-deal‘

The Queen may reject a Brexiteer Prime Minister’s demand to suspend Parliament to ram through a crash-out from the EU, a Whitehall grandee said today.

Lord Armstrong, who was Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet secretary, said the monarch could decide to consult Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler if she believed the Government was asking her to prorogue Parliament to neuter its “rights or duties”.

30.05.2019 - 11:50 [ theSun.co.uk ]

John Bercow’s bloated ego used to be written off as just tiresome but it’s serious

WON’T somebody rid us of this troublesome Speaker?

29.05.2019 - 18:09 [ Telegraph ]

Isolated and vilified, Speaker John Bercow is clinging on to get the Brexit he wants

John Bercow may not be Brexiteers‘ favourite as Speaker as the House of Commons, but he has sought to live up to the spirit of Brexit by constantly letting the expected deadline for his departure slip.

29.05.2019 - 17:59 [ ITV.com ]

John Bercow vows to stay on as Commons Speaker beyond summer

Mr Bercow had reportedly told friends he was planning to stand down in the summer, having spent 10 years in the post.

29.05.2019 - 04:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

REMAIN IN THE CHAIR: Remainer John Bercow vows to stay on as Speaker past July as he threatens to block No Deal Brexit

REMAINER John Bercow has vowed to stay on as speaker of the House of Commons past July after threatening to block a No Deal Brexit.

The move risks sparking a fresh rift with Eurosceptic Tories, who have accused him of using his supposedly neutral role in Parliament to try to keep Britain in the EU.

03.05.2019 - 16:40 [ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House ‏/ Twitter ]

Attorney General Barr’s decision to mislead the public in his testimony to Congress was not a technicality — it was a crime.

28.03.2019 - 19:34 [ Metro.co.uk ]

MPs to vote on Brexit deal tomorrow but it won’t be ‘meaningful’

The wording of the Government’s motion had to be changed after the Speaker John Bercow said the Prime Minister couldn’t bring her twice-defeated deal back.

28.03.2019 - 19:31 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit news – live: MPs to vote on withdrawal agreement tomorrow after Theresa May cuts deal in half

Theresa May is set to push ahead with a critical vote on part of her Brexit deal after overcoming the speaker’s ban on repeatedly putting the same plan to MPs.

28.03.2019 - 19:29 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Bercow Allows Vote On Withdrawal Agreement Tomorrow

The motion satisfies the EU Council’s conditions to lock in 22nd May as the UK’s new leaving date, meaning MPs could return to their constituencies on Friday evening saying the UK has a new leaving date, approved by Parliament. If it’s not approved tomorrow the UK Government will have to seek a longer extension and prepare for new European Elections…

28.03.2019 - 16:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit latest news: Theresa May seeks third vote on deal on Friday – but John Bercow will have final say

– Theresa May seeks third vote on Brexit deal
– David Cameron tells PM it is time to compromise
– Theresa May pledges to quit if her deal is agreed by MPs
– Approximately 20 hardline Tory Eurosceptics still oppose deal
– Tory MPs tell PM she should quit even if her deal is defeated
– MPs reject all eight Brexit options in ‚indicative votes‘
– Boris Johnson: Why I will back Theresa May’s Brexit deal
– Kate Hoey: Labour insulting millions by backing 2nd referendum
– Sign up to the Telegraph’s Brexit WhatsApp group

20.03.2019 - 04:28 [ Spiked ]

Speaker Bercow – voice of the ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ party

The ludicrous Bercow claimed yesterday that ‘Part of the role of speaker is to speak truth to power – and no matter what, I always will’. In reality, Mr Speaker speaks for the powerful Remainer establishment.

As I have argued before on spiked, Bercow’s backdoor attempt to thwart the popular Brexit revolt is the exact opposite of the heroic role played by the speaker in the English revolution of the 17th century. In 1642 speaker Lenthall defied Charles I when the king entered the Commons with armed soldiers in a failed bid to arrest rebel MPs. By contrast, Bercow has parked his tanks on the people’s political lawn.

19.03.2019 - 14:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Bercow backlash: Furious PM prepares to take on Speaker after his ’sabotage‘ of her deal brings a Brexit delay closer – but Brexiteers glimpse the ‚Great Escape‘ from the EU with just 10 days to go

– Commons Speaker John Bercow detonated Theresa May’s plans for the Brexit endgame with ruling yesterday
– Brexit hardliners seized on the move today as new hope for securing a No Deal exit from the EU next week
– May had hoped to win a last minute third vote on her deal before Thursday’s crucial summit in Brussels
– Instead she faces begging for a long delay to Brexit with no clear plan on what to do with any extra time
– Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay hinted the Government could revive the deal next week despite the ruling
– It puts the Government on course for a war with the Commons Speaker amid mounting constitutional crisis

18.03.2019 - 22:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

John Bercow causes ‚major constitutional crisis‘ by blocking third vote on Brexit deal

John Bercow has plunged Britain into a “major constitutional crisis” after banning Theresa May from holding a third vote on her Brexit deal, the Solicitor General has said.
The Speaker – a Remain voter who has faced repeated accusations of anti-Brexit bias – invoked a convention last used 99 years ago to stop the vote taking place.

18.03.2019 - 22:35 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Remainer John Bercow blows shock hole in Theresa May’s hopes of holding third Brexit vote this week

He warned Mrs May that if she wants to hold a third „meaningful vote“ on the withdrawal agreement there must be substantial changes.

18.03.2019 - 22:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Parlamentspräsident Bercow: Kein neues Votum über alten Brexit-Deal

Er verwies dabei auf eine Regelung aus dem frühen 17. Jahrhundert, wonach dieselbe Vorlage nicht beliebig oft zur Abstimmung gestellt werden kann. Wenn es sich dagegen um „einen neuen Vorschlag“ handele, sei „alles in Ordnung“.

14.03.2019 - 16:42 [ ZDF Studio London ‏/ Twitter ]

1) Verlängerung Art 50 für 2. Referendum 2) Debatte und Zeit am 20.3. für Testabstimmungen über alternativen Deal 3) Verlängerung Art 50, um eine Mehrheit für einen anderen Ansatz des Brexit zu finden. 4) Keine 3. Abstimmung über May Deal. @ZDFheute @ReporterZDF

14.03.2019 - 16:41 [ ZDF Studio London ‏/ Twitter ]

Heute wird ab ca 1800 deutscher Zeit über eine Verlängerung von Artikel 50 (Verschiebung des Austrittsdatum) abgestimmt. Der Sprecher hat 4 Zusatzanträge zugelassen, über die zuvor abgestimmt wird. #BrexitDeal #Article50 @zdfheute @ReporterZDF

14.03.2019 - 16:31 [ Paul Embery ‏/ Twitter ]

„A long extension“ It’s obvious what game is being played here. The EU (aided by many within the UK establishment) is doing its damnedest to subvert the referendum result. If we don’t leave on 29 March, our democracy may not recover for a very long time.

14.03.2019 - 16:23 [ Vanessa Pupavac ‏/ Twitter ]

@tfbrexit ‚Our present Parliament seems to be treading dangerously close, for the first time since the 1830s, to interpreting its “representative” function perversely as entitlement to reject a clearly expressed popular wish.‘

14.03.2019 - 16:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Rotten Parliament is the worst we’ve had since the democracy haters of the 1830s

We live in a “representative democracy” – or so we tell ourselves. But who or what is the present parliament representing? Not the majority in the country, as expressed by in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 general election. Some two thirds of constituencies voted for Brexit – a vote that would give an unprecedented landslide majority in a parliamentary election – and yet most MPs still support Remain.

We would have to go back rather a long way to find a precedent, to a time when “democracy” was a dirty word.

14.03.2019 - 15:49 [ BBC Politics / Twitter ]

“John Bercow is now a superstar in Germany” reveals Die Welt newspaper’s Stefanie Bolzen #Brexit

14.03.2019 - 15:32 [ Maddy Thimont Jack, Researcher at @instituteforgov on Brexit, Parliament and devolution ‏/ Twitter ]

Same day the govt motion has as the deadline for parliament approving a deal… Clear your diaries for 20 March everyone!

14.03.2019 - 15:31 [ Faisal Islam, @SkyNews political editor / Twitter ]

Benn manuscript amendment brings back Cooper-Boles-Letwin plan to take control of Commons standing orders – next Wednesday for indicative votes:

14.03.2019 - 15:14 [ Iain Watson, political correspondent, BBC ‏/ Twitter ]

John Bercow still defending his choice of amendments – lots of disquiet over not selecting one ruling out a referendum. Says he can justify his choices ‚to the world‘

14.03.2019 - 14:54 [ Hugh Bennett, News Editor @guidofawkes / Twitter ]

Truly a sorry episode in British democracy – Benn/Cooper/Letwin want entirely unaccountable group of 25 MPs to seize executive powers – Bercow corrupting the office of Speaker to support partisan campaigns – All while MPs trying to force a banana republic-style second referendum

14.03.2019 - 14:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit latest news: Brexiteer fury as John Bercow blocks attempt to rule out second referendum

– Watch the Brexit debate in the live stream above
– MPs to vote on Thursday afternoon on delaying Brexit
– Remainer plot to postpone Brexit by up to two years
– Brexiteer hopes pinned on Geoffrey Cox changing legal advice
– Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit? ​
– Nick Timothy: Mrs May is responsible for losing control of Brexit
– Nigel Farage: Brexit betrayal one of most shameful chapters in our history

14.03.2019 - 14:38 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Bercow Refuses to Select Cross-Party Anti-Second Referendum Amendment Signed by 127 MPs

Speaker John Bercow has refused to call the cross-party amendment B rejecting a second referendum, despite the fact that it was signed by 127 MPs including the entirety of the DUP and had numerous Labour MPs as leading co-signatories including Caroline Flint, Gareth Snell and John Mann. Shameless…

Instead Bercow has selected four amendments more to his own liking:

14.03.2019 - 14:36 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bercow calls four amendments, including one calling for a second referendum

John Bercow, the speaker, says he is calling four amendments, plus an amendment to an amendment.

They are:

1) Sarah Wollaston’s – calling for an extension to article 50 to allow for time for a referendum on Brexit.

2) Hilary Benn’s – saying next Wednesday should be set aside for a debate that would start the process of allowing MPs to hold indicative votes on Brexit alternatives. There is also an amendment to this amendment, from Labour’s Lucy Powell, changing the timing.

3) Labour’s – saying article 50 should be extended to allow time for MPs to find a majority for a different approach to Brexit.

4) Chris Bryant’s – saying Theresa May should not be allowed to put her deal to the Commons again.

29.01.2019 - 17:07 [ Reuters ]

UK Labour leader Corbyn says his party backs three-month Brexit delay

British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his party would back a three-month delay to Brexit if the government cannot get an exit deal approved by parliament before Feb. 26.

29.01.2019 - 16:27 [ Pippa Crerar ‏/ Twitter ]

Corbyn confirms Labour backing @YvetteCooperMP amendment “because to crash out without a deal, would be deeply damaging for industry and economy”. Adds that they’re supporting three months extension.

29.01.2019 - 07:40 [ Matt Dathan ‏/ Twitter ]

NEW: A group of 10-15 Labour MPs confronted the party’s chief whip Nick Brown tonight over the decision to whip in favour of Cooper and Grieve amendments. And they weren’t the usual suspects – some were hardline Corbynistas.

29.01.2019 - 07:28 [ theSun.co.uk ]

LABOUR VOTE SHIFT: Jeremy Corbyn to throw Labour’s weight behind delaying Brexit in crunch Commons vote

A group of between 10-15 MPs confronted Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown in his office last night demanding him explain the decision. Sources said the group included some of Mr Corbyn’s biggest leftie supporters.

One furious insider said: “How are we going to explain this when we claim not to be blocking Brexit but we’re effectively going to kick it into the long grass.”

28.01.2019 - 17:20 [ Green-Leaves.org ‏/ Twitter ]

The Cooper amendment. The political cost of extending A50 will be chaos. #LabourParty must not regard itself as pro-EU or it will continue to lose seats like Bolton W, Walsall, Stoke and Mansfield. And what is true of Labour is truer of the Green Party,

28.01.2019 - 17:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Furious Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say if he will order his MPs to back Cooper plan to delay Brexit tomorrow in tense exchange

– Jeremy Corbyn was asked whether he would back Yvette Cooper’s plan today
– He snapped ’no comment‘ at reporters and stalked off away from questions
– Labour sources said there would be no official position from the party today
– Cooper’s plan to delay Brexit instead of a no deal will be voted on tomorrow
– But it can only succeed if Corbyn tells all his MPs to vote for it in the Commons

28.01.2019 - 17:02 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit: No 10 refuses to specify amendments it may back in Commons

However, only some amendments will be picked for a vote by the Speaker, John Bercow. Asked which ones the government might back, May’s spokesman said it was impossible to say before they were selected.

28.01.2019 - 07:53 [ Sky News ]

How MPs will try to change course of Brexit this week

So the important votes will not be based on Mrs May’s plans, but on amendments to it.

The consequences could see Brexit delayed by nine months, a time-limit put on the backstop and calling a second referendum.

Bear with us, we’ll take you through them all step by step.

28.01.2019 - 07:39 [ David Davis / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Anti-Brexit MPs must beware the dangers of upending centuries of Parliamentary tradition

The British constitution is based on four things: statute law, common law, works of authority, and Parliamentary conventions. These conventions exist for a reason. They’re unwritten understandings about how something in Parliament should be done which, although not legally enforceable, until now has been almost universally observed.

To the public, process is arcane, boring, and sometimes incomprehensible. But given that we lack a written constitution, it is important, and Parliament must be conducted in a manner which is recognised and respected.

13.01.2019 - 15:26 [ Project OUT ‏/ Twitter ]

If Bercow and the remain establishment conspire to thwart #Brexit then trust in democracy will collapse and we will be opening the Pandora’s box to fascism. #StandUp4Brexit #78DaystoBrexit

13.01.2019 - 10:19 [ Daily Mail ]

DAVID STARKEY: Bercow and Grieve think they are political giants, but they represent all that’s rotten in this parliament of pygmies

And there is only one possible name for this one. It has to be the Parliament of Pygmies, presided over as it is by the pygmy-in-chief, Speaker John Bercow, who, early in his period of office, was denounced by one infuriated Minister as a ‘sanctimonious, stupid dwarf’.

Ordinarily all this would be no more than matter for wry amusement. But the times are anything but ordinary. So strange are they, in fact, that the pygmies think they are giants and ape the gestures of the parliamentary greats of the past.

13.01.2019 - 08:14 [ Daily Mail ]

Revealed: Dominic Grieve secretly met John Bercow just HOURS before Speaker allowed his killer amendment as No 10 warns PM could be gone by WEDNESDAY

Commons Speaker John Bercow secretly met Tory rebel Dominic Grieve just hours before throwing out centuries of tradition to allow the MP to scupper Theresa May’s Brexit plans.

The pair spoke in Mr Bercow’s grace-and-favour Commons apartment the day before the Speaker tore up the rule book to allow the former Attorney General to table an amendment to wrest control of Brexit from the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

13.01.2019 - 08:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice over anti-Brexit bias

SPEAKER John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice when they tried to warn against anti-Brexit bias, it was claimed yesterday.

He allegedly bawled them down and declared: “I’m not interested in what a gaggle of clerks has to say.”

The astonishing clash came two hours before he ripped up the Commons rule book to allow rebel MPs the chance to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU.

13.01.2019 - 08:11 [ Adam Boulton, editor-at-large / Sky News ]

Sky Views: We may yet be glad John Bercow is still Speaker

But if you think the only thing that matters is that a majority voted to leave the EU in the referendum, then you are likely to think Mr Bercow is a dishonest and biased scoundrel who has broken the rules in his determination to stop Brexit.

It is possible to take a different view of the Speaker’s behaviour. For a start it is entirely consistent with the way that he has done the job over the past 10 years – when a majority of MPs have repeatedly chosen to keep him in the chair.

10.01.2019 - 21:08 [ Spiked ]

Speaker of the House of Anti-Brexit

Those 308 MPs were not voting to take back control of Brexit from the government, but from the 17.4million people who voted to leave the EU. They are not ‘rebels’ but the cross-party political wing of the Remain-backing UK establishment, determined to thwart the democratic vote for Brexit at all costs.

Far from defending democracy, Bercow was acting as the agent of this elitist ‘coup’.

10.01.2019 - 08:08 [ theSun.co.uk ]

SPEAKER OF THE DEVIL: Commons Speaker John Bercow accused of trying to sabotage Brexit with Plan B ruling as he sparks constitutional crisis

The controversy sparked a near riot in Parliament as Brexiteers shouted their fury at the Speaker.

Amid scenes of chaos on the Commons floor, one livid Cabinet minister confronted Mr Bercow just before PMQs to accuse him of being “totally out of order”.

The Sun can reveal that seething Chief Whip Julian Smith – one of Mrs May’s closest lieutenants – accused Mr Bercow of “throwing centuries of precedence in the bin to thwart the referendum result”.

10.01.2019 - 08:05 [ Channel4.com ]

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart on Speaker John Bercow: ‘What he did was pretty strange and unprecedented’

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has been a doughty defender of Theresa May’s deal in the past weeks.

10.01.2019 - 07:55 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Brexit: Second Commons defeat for May after Bercow breaks with tradition

The ruling by Mr Bercow, whose relationship with the government has been rancorous for years and has deteriorated over recent months, began a procedural row lasting more than an hour in the Commons as Conservative MPs accused him of “sophistry” and bias, Labour MPs applauded him and the Speaker refused to deny that he had overruled…

09.01.2019 - 20:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

John Bercow’s decision endangers the office of Speaker, and our democracy

Whatever shape Brexit takes, the effects of this unilateral change to parliamentary rules will be felt for a long time

09.01.2019 - 19:57 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

John Bercow’s disregard of precedent is a serious constitutional issue

Then there’s the matter of how the Commons works in the future, long after Bercow has gone. Does this mean that another Speaker can change procedure as he pleases, even against the advice of his own clerks? How can the Commons prevent this leading to the next referee being so obviously lacking in neutrality that their authority is even less than Bercow’s?

09.01.2019 - 19:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

We now know John Bercow is as out of control as Brexit itself

Given the propensity of thought-to-be-lost Morecambe and Wise episodes to turn up decades later in west African cinema store cupboards, we must advise the parliamentary archivists immediately to incinerate all recorded footage of the House of Commons between 12.41 and 13.53 on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 January 2019, and promptly blast the ashes deep into outer space.

Actually, perhaps that’s too risky.

09.01.2019 - 19:35 [ Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph / Twitter ]

We are now in full-fledged constitutional crisis territory. Bercow has accepted the Grieve amendment which *his own clerks* say is against the standing orders of the House. This is going to be carnage.

09.01.2019 - 19:18 [ Sam White ‏/ Twitter ]

The American right is psychopathic, the British right is in a state of toothless submission. There must be an ideal medium somewhere between the two.

09.01.2019 - 19:15 [ John Alistair ‏/ Twitter ]

How does a Conservative speaker giving time for a Conservative backbencher’s amendment to a Conservative government’s motion constitute partisanship in favour of the Labour party?

09.01.2019 - 19:12 [ Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of ConservativeHome @ConHome / Twitter ]

Constitutions based in part on convention are delicate things. Mess with them without proper thought, and you can quite quickly go from ringing the bells to wringing your hands. I fear Parliament will rue the day they allowed this.

09.01.2019 - 19:07 [ NewStatesman.com ]

What does John Bercow’s unprecedented action mean for Brexit – and for him?

It is true to say that you cannot really make an argument that Bercow’s action is supported by precedent or the rules of the House. What matters is if they are supported by the one rule of British politics that does matter: do you have a majority in the House of Commons? If you have a majority in the House of Commons, it doesn’t matter if you are found to have misled MPs, provided that majority is willing to sustain you in office. It doesn’t matter if you are upending centuries of precedent, because the only precedent that matters in our constitution is that Parliament can do whatever it wants.