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Friday 30 August 2019

Politics of Brexit

Rogue One

As Boris Johnson’s war games take shape, what chance now for the rebel alliance?

Tortoise Podcast: Rogue One (30:12)

The pace of slow news picked up this week as John Bercow, the Speaker of the House clashed with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the silencing of parliamentary opposition to a No Deal Brexit.

A few weeks ago we realised Bercow was going to become the central figure in a Brexit fight between the executive and Parliament, so we asked Philip Webster to profile the Speaker – he spent more than an hour with him at Westminster this month.

We brought our piece forward on Thursday after the government announced its plans to suspend parliament for more than a month as it tries to railroad Brexit through with or without a deal.

Phil came in for a discussion about the Speaker, the Westminster plotting and Johnson’s war games. And first, we asked him: “Are we heading for a snap general election?”

Audio produced by Sam Hockley