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Meet May's Brexit Nemesis: U.K. Parliament Speaker John Bercow

  • John Bercow seen as an ally of those trying to blunt Brexit
  • Relations with the U.K. government are increasingly tense
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The Center of a Political Storm

In the long history of British politics, the role of the Speaker in Parliament has at times been perilous: Between 1394 and 1535 seven holders of the office were executed by beheading.

There are some in Theresa May’s government who joke that such a fate is too generous for the incumbent, John Bercow, who effectively banned the prime minister from putting her Brexit deal to another vote in the House of Commons.