Bercow warns PM that refusing to ask for Brexit delay would be like 'robbing a bank'

John Bercow has warned Boris Johnson in opposition to breaking the regulation by refusing to ask for an Article 50 extension, saying it would be like ‘robbing a financial institution’. 

The Commons Speaker urged the Prime Minister to not drive by way of a no-deal in opposition to the desire of MPs as the one type of Brexit doable is one backed by Parliament.

In a speech at Middle Temple in London on Thursday, Mr Bercow in contrast any try to shun the regulation with a financial institution robber excusing their crime by giving their loot to charity.

The former Tory warned that it’s “astonishing” that anybody has entertained the thought that the PM may disobey the regulation.

Mr Bercow warned the PM in opposition to breaking the regulation. (PA)

“It would be the most terrible example to set to the rest of society,” he stated.

“One should no more refuse to request an extension of Article 50 because of what one might regard as the noble end of departing from the EU as soon as possible, than one could possibly excuse robbing a bank on the basis that the cash stolen would be donated to a charitable cause immediately afterwards.”

If the Government comes shut to disobeying the Act, the MP stated that Parliament “would want to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully”.

John Bercow talking on the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture at Middle Temple in London (PA)

“If that demands additional procedural creativity in order to come to pass, it is a racing certainty that this will happen, and that neither the limitations of the existing rule book nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so,” he added.

The Benn Act was pushed by way of Parliament by opposition MPs and Tory rebels in a sequence of devastating defeats throughout Mr Johnson’s early days as chief.

It says that the PM should ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline to the tip of January if he can not get a new deal, or no-deal backed by MPs, by October 19.

But there have been fears Mr Johnson might attempt to wriggle out of the request, after he stated he would slightly be “dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay to the Halloween deadline.

Mr Bercow, throughout a speech for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, stated the Brexit chaos has opened him to the thought that the UK may have a written structure.

He introduced on Monday that he will stand apart as Speaker on October 31 and would step down as MP for Buckingham.

He cited household commitments and stated resigning on the present Brexit deadline was the least disruptive and most democratic date to stop.

It comes as Boris Johnson has denied mendacity to the Queen over the suspension of Parliament.

The PM stated “absolutely not” when requested whether or not he lied to the monarch.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh stated recommendation given by ministers to the Queen which led to the five-week prorogation was “unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying Parliament”.

The authorities has lodged an enchantment in opposition to the ruling, to be heard on the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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