Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle shut down Boris Johnson during a tense exchange at PMQs to remind him of Commons policy. Sir Lindsay already interrupted the Prime Minister last week as he failed to address the chair when responding to question from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. The Speaker intervened to warn Mr Johnson: “Can I just gently say to the Prime Minister as I said last time?
“He may have to go to Specsavers – the chair is this way, not that way.
“If he can address me, it would be a lot better.”
The Prime Minister had already been reprimanded during last week’s PMQs after continuing to address the Chamber instead of the Speaker as he responded to Sir Keir.
Mr Johnson repeated the misstep as he raged against the Labour leader over claims the Government had ignored reports of Russian intereference during the Brexit referendum.
The Prime Minister said: “There’s no doubt what this really is all about, Mr Speaker.
“This is about pressure from the Islingtonian Remainers who have seized on this report to try and give the impression Russian interference was somehow responsible for Brexit.
“This is what it is all about. But people in this country didn’t vote to leave the EU because of pressure from Russia or Russian interference.
“They voted because they wanted to take back control of our money, of our trade policy, of our laws. And the simple fact is that after campaigning for Remain, after wanting to overturn the people’s referendum day in, day out, he simply cannot bring himself to accept that.”
Published at Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:21:00 +0000