‘Foreign collusion!’ Fury as John Bercow holds Brexit talks with new EU president
Brexit Party chair Richard Tice took to Twitter in a furious rampage against the Speaker of the Commons, arguing the Tory MP has no authority to act on behalf of Mr Johnson. Mr Tice, referring to David Sassoli, said: “Here in Brussels new President Sassoli admits in chamber that he has bypassed the UK PM and Govt and is now in direct discussions with Bercow about Brexit negotiations. He refused to take my urgent question on what authority they had to have these discussions.” It has also been claimed an option Mr Sassoli has agreed with Mr Bercow is a second EU referendum, sparking fury among Brexiteers.
When asked if the claim was true, Mr Tice said: “Yes I am in chamber, we Brexit Party MEPs nearly fell off our chairs, gobsmacked.”
The news sent shockwaves across social media, with others following suit to condemn the decision to completely bypass the British political system altogether.
Fellow Brexit Party MEP David Bull said: “It’s absolutely outrageous.”
His followers accused Mr Bercow of “treason and collusion”.
The Bruges Group added: “John Bercow has no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United Kingdom.
“None whatsoever. Reports that he has been involved in discussions with Juncker over an extension are extremely serious.”
Nigel Farage also expressed his rage.
He told his 1.43million followers: “Here in Brussels, new Europarl President David Sassoli confirms a meeting with John Bercow in which they agreed to work to prevent a clean break Brexit.
What right does the Speaker have to do this? Disgraceful!”
The shocking news comes after Mr Bercow, who is supposed to be impartial, mocked Brexiteers who have accused him of Remain bias, saying it is “bad form to blame the referee”.
Mr Bercow is repeatedly accused of failing to act impartially as the Speaker.
He has long been a thorn in the side of Brexiteers and has on many occasions intervened to hinder his own party.
But in a bid to defend himself, he told CNN: “If you are performing badly or you are losing the match, it’s quite bad form to blame the referee.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a Remainer enabler. I would say that I’m an enabler of all colleagues across the House who want to express their different points of view.
“I thought the Brexiteers were in favour of taking back control of Parliament being in the driving seat? Well, they can’t have it both ways.”
Mr Bercow said some of the criticism levelled at MPs was “low grade and vulgar”.
He said: “The idea as a whole that parliament should be rubbished and denounced as though it’s a nuisance and a fly to be swotted is utterly wrong and some of the abuse directed at parliamentarians in recent months has been low grade and vulgar to the extreme.
“I am entirely unmoved by some of the more downmarket attacks on parliament which have been launched in recent times.
“They are unworthy, they don’t amount to a row of beans and I’m not intimidated by them.
“None of my colleagues is likely to be intimidated by them either.”
Mr Bercow was close to tears when he reflected on the death of murdered MP Jo Cox.
He said: “Any death in such awful circumstances is an outrage and a tragedy.
“Yet this death, in this manner, of this person, our democratically elected colleague Jo Cox is particularly shocking and repugnant.
“Really, Jo was a great exponent of that principle of political difference, personal amiability. It should be possible for us as democrats for us to disagree agreeably.”
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