Seventeen Tory rebels, including Dominic Grieve (photo), joined Labor, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats to beat the government on the Grieve amendment by 308 votes to 297 on Wednesday
The unveiling of the Mail On Sunday on the front page of today that Dominic Grieve secretly met John Bercow, a few hours before the Speaker allowed his murder change, will add to the awareness among Brexiteers that Bercow has a personal mission to clear the departure of the UK from the UK. To thwart the EU.
And it will increase the pressure on Beaconsfield MP Grieve of his local association to resign – with one member who told this newspaper last night he would throw 'rotten tomatoes' at him & # 39; if he tried to flee again for election.
Seventeen Tory rebels, including Mr. Grieve, joined Labor, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats to beat the government on the Grieve amendment by 308 votes for 297 on Wednesday – the second Commons mission of Ms. May in 24 hours.
It means that the prime minister will be forced to submit a motion within three days of the expected rejection of her deal on Tuesday in which her Brexit & # 39; Plan B & # 39; is explained.
Furious pro-Brexit MPs who accused Bercow of ignoring the advice of his officials – and ignoring his duty to be impartial – will be enraged by the appearance of "collusion". between the two men.
Grieve, who described a No Deal Brexit as "suicide & # 39 ;," admitted last night that he had visited Mr. Bercow in his Commons apartment on the eve of the drama, but denied having the speaker & # 39; overtaken & # 39; to accept his amendment.
Under fire: Commons Speaker John Bercow (clockwise circled) defending his controversial decision to submit an amendment filed by Tory MP Dominic Grieve (circled to the left)
The former Attorney General refused to say whether the two men had discussed how his controversial move would be dealt with in the Commons. He said: & # 39; He was aware of the motion, but I do not discuss private conversations.
I often speak to the speaker about all sorts of things. We are fellow members of Buckinghamshire. But I am not in the task of narrowing speakers. They form their own thoughts. I submitted my amendment without speaking to the Speaker.
& # 39; How the speaker decided to approach the amendment is a matter for him. & # 39;
The anti-Brexit campaign of Mr. Grieve has alienated many members in his local association.
One said last night that Chairman Santokh Chhokar was & b. # Bombed & # 39; with complaints.
He added: "We do not want him to stay as our MP. When he tries to stand again, I throw myself rotten tomatoes at him. & # 39;
When asked if he had confidence in Mr. Grieve, Mr. Chhokar said that all association issues were private.
Shortly after the vote, Mr. Grieve was involved in a furious bust with Tory Vice Chairman Chris Philp. After Mr. Philp accused him of being irresponsible & # 39; Before the amendment was submitted, a shocked Mr. Grieve protested: "I do not change the law of the country, I change the procedure."
Countdown to cou in Commons: How Grieve went into his amendment
1. Movement of tables
On Tuesday, Dominic Grieve enters his amendment, which forces the prime minister to explain within three sessions what she will do next if the meaningful vote fails this week. His goal is to enable parliamentarians to tell the government what they want to achieve with Brexit.
2. Meets speaker
Later in the day Mr Grieve Speaker visits John Bercow in his Grace-and-Favor Commons apartment.
3. Called voice
On Wednesday, Mr Bercow caused a stir by mentioning the amendment, despite the fact that assistants told him that it was against constitutional precedents.
Bercow's decision to allow the amendment also caused an angry argument with the Chief Whip Julian Smith of the government.
Mr. Smith confronted the Speaker in his chair and told him that his behavior was totally out of order & # 39 ;. He said: & # 39; You set the precedent in the wind, brave the advice of the House clerk and try to destroy the referendum result. & # 39;
Mr. Bercow replied by saying that he would not be bullied & # 39; by Mr. Smith.
The local opponents of Mr. Grieve talk openly about his & # 39; pension & # 39; in his holiday home in Brittany.
The spacious modern house is located five minutes outside the fishing village of Lanildut.
Neighbor Aude Guillermit said that Mr. Grieve and his family were there during the Christmas holidays. I spoke with them and Dominic said that & # 39; times were difficult for Britain and the Conservative Party. Dominic's mother was French and he speaks bilingual English-French. He is equally at ease in both languages.
& # 39; When Dominic is here, he spends a lot of time with canoeing in the estuary and at sea, and he is also a very sharp diver. & # 39;
Another neighbor, Helene Jaouen, said: & # 39; He speaks fluent French without an accent. He can be considered a Frenchman. & # 39;
Mr. Grieve said he was unaware of any calls from local members of the Beaconsfield Tory Association that he was unsuitable about his actions last week and denied that he was planning to abandon the next election.
A spokesman for Mr. Bercow confirmed that he met Mr. Grieve on Tuesday. She refused to say what was being discussed and added: "Meetings with MPs are private and we do not comment on them."
But she insisted that decisions on changes were made on the day of the respective company and released or announced that day.
Can we imagine that you are retiring in this petite maison, Monsieur Grieve?
The family stronghold of Grieve in France is a modern, purpose-built house that contradicts the Breton environment, but it offers a spectacular view over a local estuary.
The house, which was completed seven years ago, consists of four buildings joined together in the middle, with a glass façade overlooking a large lawn. According to the neighbors Mr. Grieve is an enthusiastic gardener.
The Bolthole family (pictured) in France is a modern, purpose-built house that is at odds with the Breton environment
Bercow had just as good & # 39; B ******* on Brexit & # 39; can fix on his inflated chest
By David Morris, Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale
I felt that my rights were eroded, along with those of my constituents and fellow MPs, regardless of their political color, writes David Morris (photo), Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale
There are few occasions that any MP who challenges the Commons loudspeaker can ever justify. But last week I noticed that unfortunately I did too. I still believe that I was right to do that. & # 39; Publish it! & # 39; I called to John Bercow.
I challenged our Remain voice speaker to clear up what advice he had received from the Commons clerk before he decided to destroy the established procedure and allow a Brexit-defying voice.
I felt that my rights had been eroded, along with those of my electorate and fellow MEPs, regardless of their political color.
The Commons still had to receive a written explanation from Mr Bercow, although he stated that he acted in our own interest by accepting the amendment from Dominic Grieve.
Mr. Bercow ignored the ancient Commons precedents through a & # 39; one-time & # 39; rule, to abandon the constitutional convention and to jeopardize its role as an impartial speaker. He also ignored expert advice from Commons Clerk Sir David Natzler, who knows these rules intimately.
Why? Well, it seems that Mr Bercow wants to do everything possible to thwart the result of the referendum by allowing a new humiliating defeat for the government – without any warning.
Bercow denies that his car has a sticker & # 39; B ****** s to Brexit & # 39; shows that the vehicle is his wife's. But on this occasion he might as well be stuck to his bloated breast.
Speaker John Bercow speaks in the House of Commons about a proposed amendment to the Brexit Recording Act on Wednesday 9 January
The Speaker is there to serve the elected Commons without prejudice. He should not lift the things of the House and act as our master. It is like a cricket referee who, halfway through the game, devises a new method of dismissal to fit the losing side – especially if the batsman is Theresa May.
The prime minister tries to create a workable Brexit agreement in the full spirit of what people asked in the referendum. We all know the polarized emotions and debates, but we as a country have voted Leave and that has to be honored and delivered.
This is what Mrs May wants to do and now is the time that the Speaker upholds the established procedures of the Commons and not a one-way & # 39; does to adjust itself. His actions have done little to bring the country together and will be catastrophic if they are repeated.
This is a man who has shaken off his right-wing principles as a Tory MP to conquer the position of Speaker in 2009, largely on the basis of Labor votes.
Judging from the cheers of the Opposition Banks last week, it seemed that he was paying back those Labor votes.
Traditionally speakers give their party announcement to serve the whole house. At this important time for the nation, he should not only be apolitical, but also bring together parliamentarians.
Mr. Bercow indicated in 2009 that he would serve nine years. His self-imposed time has passed. Most of my colleagues have the feeling that he has betrayed his historic office and that the Prime Minister must deny him the traditional speeches of speaking speakers. He can hardly object to breaking the precedent after having learned last week that if the practice never fell in the past, nothing would ever change.
By the same standards for creating a "one-time", Bercow, if he would again like to try to act as a Member of Parliament for Buckingham, would avoid the traditional privilege of the incumbent speaker not to confront candidates from the main parties, must be denied.
Should Mr Bercow try again this week to bend the rules to resemble his own or the opposition agenda, then I will not hesitate to stand up and protest in the strongest way.
I have sworn to uphold the wishes of my community and the people of our nation; a repetition of the speaker's actions is seen as a violation of the rights of my constituents.
But this time I suspect many of Tory's colleagues are helping me to uphold our precious democracy and respect the interests of the people who voted for the Brexit.
Tory MPs threaten Bercow during his pivotal Brexit debate on his nobility after & abuse;
John Bercow is faced with the threat of a mass protest by Tory MPs if he is his abuse of authority & # 39; repeats during the crucial Brexit debate this week.
The Speaker was warned that more than 100 MPs would rise up to oppose him in a demonstration of "massive opposition"; against his authority.
Tory MPs also said that Mr Bercow should not be granted the traditional age of the speaker at his retirement if he reconciles the age-old Commons rules & # 39 ;.
In an article for this newspaper, Morecambe MP David Morris supported the threat with the nobility and said: "Most of my colleagues now feel that he has betrayed his historic office."
Mr. Bercow led extraordinary protests in the Commons last week when he was accused of tearing up the parliamentary procedure to allow for a vote that was intended to bind Theresa May's hands to Brexit. Amidst enraged scenes, the Speaker was confronted with repeated allegations that he had ignored the advice of Commons Clerk, Sir David Natzler, to continue the vote. The government then lost the vote.
Tory MPs now threaten even more powerful action if Bercow repeats the tactic during the crucial final debates this week and votes on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal. Sources said that more than 100 were prepared & # 39; massively & # 39; to stand up to protest when Mr. Bercow shows what they & # 39; blatant bias & # 39; against the government.
The threat creates the prospect that the entire debate must be suspended.
Mr. Morris, who stood last week and challenged Mr. Bercow to publish the advice of the Commons clerks that he continued, said he was ready to take part in the protest.
The MP – a Remain voter who now supports the Brexit – said: & # 39; If the Speaker again tries to bend the rules, I will not hesitate to stand and protest again. & # 39;
Morris likened him to a "cricket referee", who halfway through the game devises a new method of dismissal that suits the losing party & # 39 ;.
Stay the voter Mr. Bercow insisted that he had behaved completely correctly and had always been scrupulously just for Brexiteers and Remainers & # 39 ;.