Former house speaker John Bercow played the most significant role in delaying Brexit, according to latest poll results, which points that the former Speaker of the House “abused his authority”.
John Bercow was held up as the person to blame for the dithering and delays to Brexit proceedings since Britain made its bid for freedom when it voted to leave the EU more than three and a half years ago. An overwhelming 64 percent (2,638) of respondents said Mr Bercow was behind the most significant Remainer plot to delay Brexit since the 2016 EU referendum.
Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller came in second with 20 percent (822) of readers blaming her for frustrating the process.
This was compared to 13 percent (545) of readers who blamed Remainer MPs for repeatedly blocking Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
And just 2 percent (119) of readers blamed David Cameron’s departure, while a small 1 percent (53) blamed the emergence of Remainer party Change UK for delaying Britain’s exit from the bloc.
Readers were asked: “Which Remainer plot was most significant in delaying Brexit since 2016?”.
Commenters reflected the results of the poll saying Mr Bercow’s powerful position meant he “abused his authority”.
One said: “Bercow had a powerful position of supposedly neutral authority yet abused it as much as he could.”
Another said: “Bercow and the rest of the remainer rabble have been consigned to the dustbin of history once we were given a vote and not a day goes by without him whinging about his ‘lost’ peerage.
“He must never be allowed one under any circumstances.”
Following 10 years in Parliament, Mr Bercow stepped down as Speaker in 2019 and lamented Brexit as the greatest error from Britain since the Second World War.
Mr Bercow has argued that during his time as Speaker, he always acted impartially and refused to let his views govern how he behaved as Speaker.
But the Speaker was a constant thorn in the side of Brexiteers and his behaviour in his final months as Speaker prompted criticism from Brexit supporters who claimed he was trying to thwart the process of taking the UK out of the EU with many of his rulings.
The controversial former Speaker had a front-row seat and was often pivotal in the Brexit crisis smothering the UK since the EU referendum in June 2016.
He repeatedly came under fire for undermining the government’s Brexit plans and was accused of “unilaterally chaining the rules” to allow Tory Remainers to take control of the Commons.
For instance he allowed a motion to vote on the Benn Bill, which eventually passed into law and forced the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay from the EU.
Mr Bercow has previously admitted he “played a part” in blocking a No-Deal Brexit.
And just days after quitting as House of Commons Speaker, he sparked fury when he described Brexit as “the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period”.
Mr Bercow said he would no longer “remain impartial” after stepping down from his decade long role.
It comes after the Tory MP was not handed a peerage when he retired, a break in a two hundred-year long tradition.
Former Commons Speakers have been automatically offered a seat in the House of Commons for the past 230 years.