Never afraid of stoking controversy, the Speaker has again infuriated many Tory MPs with his latest surprise pronouncement to the Commons.

Just as it seemed the government was poised to try and get its Brexit deal through again, John Bercow took it upon himself to tick ministers off before they had even tried.


Because last week he ruled the deal could not be brought back to the Commons for a third time without “substantial” changes.

Mr Bercow’s intervention today suggests he doesn’t think that test has yet been met.

But No 10 disagrees and points to the additional backstop guarantees agreed at a summit in Strasbourg, and formally approved by the EU last week.

It’s clear the date of Brexit has changed too. It

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