MPs hold protest during Commons prorogation ceremony

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionBercow

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBercow"We... cannot be conducting a debate as to whether adherence to the law is required

In the past, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his determination to leave the European Union by the deadline of October 31st, whether or not an agreement was signed with the EU.

An avalanche of predominantly Tory MPs have decided enough is enough and quit the House of Commons due to huge pressure being exerted on them over Brexit.

Mr Bercow added: "I'm perfectly happy to play my part, but I do want to make the point that this is not a standard or normal prorogation".

But Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the Independent Group for Change and Plaid Cymru have all agreed they will not back an election until the no-deal legislation has been implemented.

In all, 293 MPs voted for the prime minister's motion for an early election, far short of the two thirds needed.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act there is a five week gap between calling an election and holding it so it will now not be scheduled for any earlier than late November.

Bercow's retirement will take effect either on Monday night if the current session of Parliament is ended without a successful vote to hold a snap general election, or, in the case of a snap election, on October 31, after the debates surrounding the new Parliament's legislative agenda.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption John Bercow's most memorable moments as Speaker of the House
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption John Bercow's most memorable moments as Speaker of the House

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Bercow for being a "superb" speaker.

"Don't tell me, young man. what I can and can't say", he bellowed at one heckler on Monday.

During that time, Bercow's flowery language and thunderous pronouncements rang out in the house, with his voice becoming likely the most recognizable in parliament.

MPs approved the publication of government correspondence to suspend parliament work and documents on Operation Yellowhammer, the government's contingency plan in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. "While the opposition run, they can not hide forever".

Shouts of "shame on you" could be heard as government MPs left the Commons to head to the House of Lords for the prorogation ceremony.

They waved banners and tried to stop Mr Bercow leaving his chair to pass through House in a bid to halt proceedings.

The prorogation ceremony began in a bad-tempered manner with some MPs shouting "no" when Black Rod Sarah Clarke, the senior House of Lords officer tasked with leading the ceremony, asked MPs to visit the Lords.

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