'Order!' - The parliament of the United Kingdom will elect a new president for the Brexit seat
LONDON: British lawmakers will elect a new President on Monday to assume the role of arbitrating the next parliamentary delivery of the protracted struggle for the country.
In the three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union He had played an increasingly influential role in the process of discussing the rights and errors of Brexit and approving the laws necessary to implement it.
He is the arbitrator of procedural disputes in the House of Commons , the lower house of parliament, and has the power to decide what challenges government plans are allowed to continue.
Former speaker John Bercow He was accused of breaking the convention and favoring those who wanted to stop the government's exit plans. But it was entertained by others who saw it as a power to challenge and scrutinize the executive.
The Speaker who succeeds John Bercow, whoever they are, is going to face quite a unique set of challenges, said Alice Lilly, senior researcher at the Institute for Government think tank.
The main one of those challenges will be Brexit, but the President will also have to handle criticism that the outdated configuration of parliament has allowed harassment and intimidation.
The replacement of Bercow will be chosen by a series of secret ballots, a process that could take several hours, with the candidates leaving after each round of voting until one has the support of the majority.
Eight candidates are currently declared in the race, and each will have the opportunity to make their presentation with a brief speech that will begin around 1430 GMT.
The current favorite is the attached speaker. Lindsay Hoyle , a member of the 62-year-old opposition Labor Party that says the President must be independent and fair and has promised to work to unite parliament.
Since 2017, the ruling conservative party has not had a majority in parliament, which gives rivals more freedom to challenge the government and the president with a big voice in the process.
But with a national election on December 12, the new speaker's first job will depend on which government the public chooses.
Some of the decisions that John Bercow has made in the chair have been quite unprecedented. They've been very unexpected. Some MPs (Members of Parliament) have loved them. Some MPs have loathed them, said Lilly.
We will have to wait and see if the new president faces similar conditions with Brexit and the minority government. If we have a majority government, it could be that the procedure of the Commons actually becomes a little less crucial.