John Bercow: Brexit’s uniquely British internet star – 60 Minutes


This week, 60 Minutes Correspondent Jon Wertheim reported on the prolonged continental divorce known as Brexit. To tell this complex and fast-moving story, Wertheim spoke with one of Brexit’s most colorful characters: outgoing House of Commons Speaker John Bercow. The Speaker’s bellows of “Order! Order!” and colorful commentary in Parliament have been shared widely on the internet, creating a fan base that he was surprised to find.

“Quite quickly my wife and kids drew my attention to the fact that they saw on the internet that there was a lot of interest in other countries,” Speaker Bercow told 60 Minutes.

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John Bercow speaks with 60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim

The Speaker rarely does interviews with the press, given his role as a neutral arbiter of the House of Commons. But through a mutual appreciation of tennis, Wertheim was able to secure an interview with the Speaker and tour his part-time residence in the Palace of Westminster.

Wertheim asked Speaker Bercow if moderating the House Commons was anything like being a chair umpire in tennis. “I feel like a chair umpire,” the Speaker said, “and the chair umpire is never going to be popular with everyone.”

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The video above was produced by Will Croxton, Michael H. Gavshon and Cristina Gallotto. It was edited by Will Croxton.   

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