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UK Speaker Vows to Prevent Bypassing Parliament for Brexit

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7Dnews London

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:17 GMT

UK Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would fight “with every bone” in his body, any attempt to bypass the parliament to pull Britain from the European Union, the London-based Telegraph reported on Wednesday August 14th.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who succeeded Theresa May in July, said the UK would leave the EU on October 31st, with or without a deal.

"We cannot have a situation in which parliament is shut down, we are a democratic society," the Telegraph quoted Bercow as saying at an event on the sidelines of the Edinburgh Festival.

"And parliament will be heard and nobody is going to get away, as far as I am concerned, with stopping that happening," added the 56-year-old who says he voted "Remain" in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Britain is willing to withdraw from the EU with a deal that would help it avoid economic disruption, but the EU and Ireland insist that Britain must abide by the backstop, an insurance policy that would force Britain to stay in a customs union with the EU.

Trade between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is under the jurisdiction of the UK, takes place with few restrictions, as they are both part of the EU single market for now. Without the backstop, trade between them will be subject to more restrictions following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

In July, Irish PM Leo Varadkar said Ireland and the EU have not changed their position on considering the Irish border backstop an essential part of Brexit, Reuters reported.

"The position of the EU and the position of Ireland have not changed. The backstop is an integral part of the withdrawal agreement," Varadkar told journalists.

"Without the backstop, there is no withdrawal agreement, there is no transition phase, there is no implementation phase and there will be no free trade agreement until all those matters are resolved," he said, adding, "I hope the new UK prime minister hasn't chosen 'no-deal' but that will be up to them."

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