House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has questioned the Speaker John Bercow’s impartiality over Brexit. She claimed that Bercow’s Brexit views were a “challenge” to MPs. It followed his criticism of the Government’s decision to cancel Tuesday’s Brexit vote.
Last year, Bercow told students in a video that he wanted to remain within the EU.
“Personally I voted to remain. I thought it was better to stay in the European Union than not.”John Bercow
Leadsom was asked whether she thought that Bercow’s position on Brexit was “tainted”.
“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential.
…”it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”Andrea Leadsom
Bercow has come in for criticism recently, and in October faced calls for his resignation. Three Conservative MPs resigned from a committee to improve working life in Westminster, which the Speaker heads.
Will Quince MP said at the time that he did not believe that Bercow was able to resolve the “numerous and serious issues” that had emerged, which included accusations of bullying and harassment of staff of parliamentary leaders.