John Bercow: Brexit was the biggest mistake since the war

Sir Lindsay Hoyle in the House of Commons after becoming the new Speaker. He is wearing gowns and is smiling

Mr Bercow left the role after a decade which has been viewed as a time of reform but also controversy.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency following an event with foreign journalists in London, John Bercow said: "I made my position clear on the issue in February 2017 and nothing has changed since". He has laid out plans to publish a book in the first quarter of 2020 detailing his more than 10-year stint in the Speaker's chair as well as his life in politics at large.

"Brexit is the biggest mistake of this country after the war".

The remarkable intervention from the former Commons Speaker has been met with widespread criticism.

He, however, rejected the idea he had blocked Brexit, insisting "it was Parliament" that had prevented Britain from leaving before now, "not me". "Parliament is no disgrace at all and did its job well".

When asked whether the Brexit is beneficial to the UK's global status, Mr. Berkov said to the event: "The honest answer is no".

Meanwhile BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said: "This will only confirm what Bercow's critics always believed... and he still won't do any United Kingdom interviews so we can't ask him about it yet". Bercow earlier disclosed he will not run in the election in December.

Meanwhile in an apparent swipe at the Prime Minister, Mr Bercow, who is now no longer an MP, refused to confirm he would vote for the Tories.

On Monday, Mr Bercow was formally replaced as Commons Speaker by Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

He said: "I think my style will be about trying to get business through the House in the best possible way but making sure that backbenchers are heard and they are going to hold the executive to account", he said.

Hoyle took 325 of the 540 votes in a runoff with Labour colleague Chris Bryant after the seven-member field was winnowed down in three previous voting rounds.



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