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Former UK Speaker calls Brexit a big mistake

Sir Lindsay Hoyle in the House of Commons after becoming the new Speaker. He is wearing gowns and is smiling

Days after bowing out as Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has described Brexit as the biggest mistake Britain has made since the second world war.

Speaking to a gathering of the Foreign Press Association in London, Mr Bercow told journalists while he was impartial in chairing proceedings in the chamber, he could now express an opinion. Mr Bercow, who left his role as Commons Speaker on October 31 after 10 years in the chair, said the United Kingdom leaving the European Union "doesn't help us" and the United Kingdom is better-off within the "power bloc".

He continued: "The honest answer is that I don't think it helps the UK".

BBC quotes Mr Bercow as insisting he always treated both Brexiteers and Remainers in a "fair way" - adding that he was "pro-Parliament and impartial in the chair".

Mr Lowe wrote on Twitter: "Bercow has just called Brexit 'the biggest mistake of this country after the war'".

"I respect Prime Minister Johnson but Brexit doesn't help us". "Parliament is no disgrace at all and did its job well".

John Bercow has finally revealed exactly what he thinks about Brexit after quitting as Commons Speaker.

I genuinely believe Sir Lindsay Hoyle has it in him to become one of the greatest Speakers we have ever had.

In the wide-ranging interview Mr Bercow defended his actions and said he was "championing the rights of Parliament".

Like Bercow, he will run the daily business of the Commons.

The 62-year-old former deputy speaker was elected after securing more than half of votes in the fourth round of voting by MPs on Monday.

"Nothing has happened in the intervening two and a half years of course to make me change my mind, great many things happened reinforced me in the view that I took then", Bercow said.

Sir Lindsay defeated former Labour colleague Chris Bryant in the final round by 325 votes to 213.