PUBLISHED: 13:37, Wed, Aug 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:40, Wed, Aug 14, 2019
As Speaker, convention states that Mr Bercow should remain politically impartial, but Brexiteers have become increasingly irate at his actions since the referendum. Earlier this year Mr Bercow was accused of trying to thwart Brexit by helping pro-EU MPs in his parliamentary decisions. However, according to his Europhile wife, the Speaker was a Eurosceptic – and they have even had rows over it.
Sally Bercow told the Daily Mail in 2009: “We argue a lot. He is still very Eurosceptic. I am pro-European.”
Mrs Bercow’s Europhile opinions were made relevant in January this year when the Speaker was accused of having an anti-Brexit sticker in his car.
Tory MP Adam Holloway said in the Commons: “We’ve all noticed in recent months a sticker in your car making derogatory comments about Brexit.”
He added: "This is a serious point about partiality.”
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Mr Bercow insisted that the car actually belonged to his wife, and so the sticker was affixed to her car.
He said: “There was a factual error in his opening remarks… I am sure it was an inadvertent error and I mean that most sincerely, but it was a factual error.
“That sticker on the subject of Brexit happens to be affixed to, or in the windscreen of, my wife’s car.
“And I am sure that the honourable gentleman wouldn’t suggest for a moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of her husband.
Adam Holloway and John Bercow in Commons debate (Image: The Guardian)
“She is entitled to her views. That sticker is not mine and that’s the end of it.”
However, perhaps Mrs Bercow’s influence has softened Mr Bercow towards the EU over time.
A 2010 Financial Times report said Mr Bercow was “initially a staunch Eurosceptic” when he entered Parliament in 1997 and he has voted against EU treaties and policies on a number of occasions.
For example, he voted against the European Communities Finance Bill in 2007 and in favour of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.
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