House of Commons speaker John Bercow has been accused of Brexit bias after he blocked a bid to rule out a second referendum and told MPs they must “take the rough with the smooth”.
The Commons Speaker selected four amendments which will be eligible to be put to a vote today but declined to select a cross-party push which said another public vote should not be held.
One of the amendments which was selected calls on the Government to seek an extension to Article 50 for the specific purpose of making time to hold a second referendum.
Usually calm and dignified, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the high priest of the Tory Brexiteers, was visibly taken aback when Speaker Bercow announced his decision.
JRM said it would be helpful if there was more clarity for MPs on how the Speaker is selecting amendments.
He says that many of those on the amendment paper today are similar in their meaning.
Mr Bercow says "there is no ambiguity", and that as far as procedure is concerned, he is "perfectly comfortable" that a "reasonable decision has been made".
He says his decision on which amendments to pick "followed considerable reflection" this morning.