Orrrderrrrrr! Speaker John Bercow Shares His Thoughts On Boris Johnson, Brexit And Retirement
After overseeing more than 10 years of fiery debate in the UK's House of Commons, Speaker John Bercow has called it quits.
During his last week on the job, Bercow sat down with The Sunday Project's Waleed Aly to talk about everything from politics to sport.
The colourful conservative, 56, revealed he and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson get along "perfectly adequately" -- until they meet on the tennis court.
In addition to retiring as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons, Bercow is resigning as MP for Buckingham -- a seat he has held for 22 years -- which will be hotly contested in the general election next month.
Bercow's striking interventions during the Brexit crisis are arguably one of his most memorable legacies.
His animated style had scores of people worldwide fixated on the British government this year.
On his trademark shouts of "Order!", Bercow said it's all "about emphasis".
"I suppose when you combine that factor of Brexit with the relative oddity of the British parliamentary speaking style, it’s quite a cocktail."
"I sometimes think that Americans and Australians think we Brits are a tad quaint," he said.
Bercow's children were aged just five, three and one when he started as Speaker in 2009. He said now that they're 15, 13 and 11 "this all means a lot more to them".
"I don’t plan to die tomorrow but if I do die tomorrow, I’ll die happy knowing I’ve been incredibly lucky."
Catch the full interview with John Bercow on The Sunday Project from 6.30pm.