“There’s not a single Labour figure in the past who would have backed violent street protest as the Shadow Chancellor did.”
Baroness Smith and Lord Newby are reported to have shunned the event: three Commissioners sit instead of two.
He is flanked by Black Rod, an Associate Serjeant-at-arms and a Clerk: they approach the Bar to bow three times.
“Do your job, for which you’re handsomely paid,” says one Conservative MPs as he heckles the Speaker.
Labour members attempt to stop Bercow leaving the Chair as they protest against the proceedings.
The Government must have “the strongest possible mandate to negotiate for the country at next month’s European Council”.
He says that not agreeing a Brexit deal would be “a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible.”
“But we are open to alternatives, but they must be legally binding and workable. We haven’t received such alternatives to date.”
“I don’t trust him an inch”, says the Shadow Chancellor, as he justifies pinning the Government to office until Article 50 is extended.
She also repeats Amber Rudd’s assertion that the Government is no longer actively pursuing a deal.
The Foreign Secretary makes the case for the Prime Minister’s controversial decision to remove the whip from MPs who rebelled on Benn.
The Chancellor responds to reports that Boris Johnson might try to defy the bill mandating him to extend Article 50.
“We either go forward with our plan to take the country out on October 31 or else somebody else should be allowed to see if they can keep us in beyond October 31.”
“What are people going to think about what we have left, and what we have lost?”
“Mr Speaker I am not standing at the next election, and I am thus approaching the end of 37 years service to this House.”