Here’s three cheers for Commons Speaker John Bercow for throwing a huge spanner into the Brexit works. Telling the government that it cannot bring back a substantially unchanged Brexit Bill which has been voted down twice before should hearten everyone who rallied behind the cry ‘take back control.’ It seems that his ruling, made without giving notice beforehand to the government caught them off-guard and left them furious. But they have no excuse – was there really no one in their midst who couldn’t have anticipated this possibility? Or are they so arrogant as to think they can still, despite their heavy defeats, ride roughshod over the Commons? I’m glad I supported Bercow when I had the chance.
But where does this latest impasse leave us? I suspect the Brexiteers will sniff a chance, which is to say they will tell May that her game is up so let’s leave with no deal on the 29th. After all, that is the law as it stands. So, on the one hand three cheers for Bercow. On the other, it’s the desultory sound of one hand clapping.