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Tearful House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down amid Brexit chaos

One of the UK's longest serving speakers has quit, then, as a No-Deal Brexit keeps gaining momentum.

Before becoming Speaker ten years ago, Mr Bercow was the Tory MP for Buckingham with a majority of more than 18,000.

Allies of the Prime Minister said he would rip up the convention that Commons Speakers are automatically elevated to the upper chamber when they resign, in the same way Mr Bercow repeatedly ignored parliamentary precedent when dealing with Brexit.

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She told Today: "This is a Parliament in very hard times". His tenure inspired memes galore and many of his most memorable moments and smackdowns went viral online - with some even putting them to music. He has also been praised for his handling of debates by many, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He would remain separate from political issues, even in retirement.

"We degrade this parliament at our peril".

Mr Bercow was given a standing ovation after his speech, although the Conservative front bench did not stand.

"Parliament will be prorogued at close of business today", a spokesman for Prime minister Boris Johnson said, using the parliamentary term for the suspension.

Prior to his announcement, Leadsom had stated on Sunday that the Tories would field a candidate to oust Bercow if a general election were called, accusing the speaker of siding with the opposition over Brexit. The Labour protestors were shouting "shame on you" whilst holding signs saying "silenced" when MPs left the Commons. "Our democracy is the stronger for your being the Speaker", Mr Corbyn said.

Bercow's retirement will take effect either on Monday night if the current session of Parliament is ended without a successful vote to hold a snap general election, or, in the case of a snap election, on October 31, after the debates surrounding the new Parliament's legislative agenda. He will now be leaving parliament on October 31 - the day that Britain is supposed to be leaving the European Union - or before a general election if that comes first.

It came just hours after Bercow announced he would be stepping down from the role on October 31 on another dramatic day in parliament.

"I have sought to increase the relative authority of this legislature, for which I will make absolutely no apology", Bercow told MPs.

Johnson responded by calling for early elections.

Bercow's cries of "Order!".

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