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House of Commons, Again, Rejects Johnson's Call for Snap Election

House of Commons, Again, Rejects Johnson's Call for Snap Election

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, champion of Britain's parliament in its move to rein in Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit, said on Monday he would stand down, issuing a warning to the government not to "degrade" parliament.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP appeared to be holding on to the Speaker of the House when he was requested to lead MPs to the House of Lords. With parliament suspended later on Monday, MPs now have only one week in session at the end of October before Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31.

The next Speaker will be elected by MPs by secret ballot once MPs are given a list of candidates with the vote likely to place during October.

Breaching convention, the party plans to oppose Mr Bercow in his Buckingham constituency at the next election.

In January, he came under pressure to resign after he was found to have a "Bollocks to Brexit" sticker in his auto window. "And whatever you do when you finally step down from Parliament, you do so with the thanks of a very large number of people", added Corbyn.

Bercow has enhanced Britain's reputation overseas as a thriving democracy and others look on wishing they had a Speaker like him to invigorate their own parliaments.

Before walking to the Lords, Mr Bercow said of the protest: "I recognise that our presence is desired by our Majesty the Queen's Commissioners".

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Mr. Bercow described his 10 years as Speaker of the House of Commons as the "greatest honour" of his professional life.

Harriet Harman also confirmed she will run to become the next Commons Speaker.

Bercow told the chamber: "At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. If the House votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends", he said.

"If the House does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday, October 31".

His announcement was greeted with applause from all sides of the legislature, and a standing ovation from opposition benches.

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