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Speaker's ruling leaves Brexit in disarray, Theresa May's job in danger

With humorous diatribes and barked commands, UK parliament's Speaker of the House John Bercow is often the subject of viral videos and memes. He's also become a powerful force in the country's Brexit chaos.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government is grappling with a major constitutional crisis after a surprise ruling by the Speaker of Parliament prevented Mrs May from continuing to seek approval for her Brexit deal.

The ruling on Monday came ahead of tomorrow's European Union summit, at which Mrs May is planning to ask leaders of the other 27 EU member states for more time to extricate Britain from Europe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline 'Speaker's ruling leaves Brexit in disarray, PM's job in danger'. Subscribe