Speaker John Bercow accidentally calls pro-Remain MP the member for BREXETER
Commons speaker John Bercow has apologised after a slip of the tongue saw him dub a pro-Remain Labour MP the "member for Brexeter".
Mr Bercow's blunder came in relation to Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, as the speaker answered a series of points of order from MPs over Brexit.
Having responded to five points of order, on comments by Brexit secretary David Davis, Mr Bercow said: "If there are no further points of order, 'no, no more' says the right honourable gentleman, the member for Brexeter ... Exeter."
The House erupted into laughter at the mistake, as staunchly pro-EU Mr Bradshaw jokingly remonstrated with the speaker from his seat.
Mr Bercow said: "I'm very sorry for my discourtesy to the right honourable gentleman. He is the last person that I could call a Brexiteer.
You may also want to watch:
"He is from Exeter, but he is not from Brexeter. If there were such a place, he would not wish to live there, I realise that."
One MP could be heard saying "he wouldn't get elected", while Tory Brexit rebel Anna Soubry could also be seen shaking her head.
- 1 European parliament agrees to add British overseas territories to post-Brexit tax haven blacklist
- 2 Pro-Brexit fishing campaigner says Boris Johnson's deal has left her with 'no fish'
- 3 Minister terminates interview after suggesting public's age and weight to blame for UK's high death toll
- 4 This picture of Boris Johnson on the phone to Joe Biden has caused a stir
- 5 Telegraph columnist blames Angela Merkel for Brexit
- 6 Boris Johnson to visit Scotland this week in attempt to shore up the union
- 7 Brexiteer calls for UK to save Eurostar - by buying it and renaming it 'Britstar'
- 8 Petition launched to cancel 'festival of Brexit' event in 2022
- 9 Brussels to launch campaign teaching younger Britons about the EU
- 10 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
"The right honourable lady for Broxtowe chunters from a sedentary position that she wouldn't want to live in a place called Brexeter either," said Mr Bercow.
"I am well aware of that."
In Exeter, 55% voted to remain, by 35,270 votes to 28,533.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.