EU snub: How favourite for next Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle told off Remoaner MPs

SIR LINDSAY HOYLE, the clear frontrunner to replace John Bercow as Commons Speaker, aggressively told off anti-Brexit MPs for signing the EU anthem Ode To Joy in 2017.

On Monday, John Bercow announced he will resign. The outgoing Speaker told colleagues in Parliament that he would be stepping down from his post by October 31 – the day the UK is supposed to leave the EU. It comes after Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom revealed that the Conservatives were planning to break with convention and field a candidate in his Buckingham constituency at the next election.

The tearful resignation speech received a standing ovation from opposition parties, while the Conservative front bench sat quietly.

Mr Bercow has often been accused of not respecting constitutional conventions and showing a pro-Remain bias in his parliamentary decision-making.

The most obvious choice to replace Mr Bercow, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, appears to be much more eurosceptic than the MP for Buckingham.

The veteran Labour MP, who has represented Chorley since 1997, has served as Deputy Speaker since 2010.

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle is the clear frontrunner to replace John Bercow (Image: PARLIAMENT TV/GETTY)

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John Bercow announced he will resign yesterday (Image: GETTY)

He confirmed he will be standing as a candidate to replace Mr Bercow hours after the MP for Buckingham announced his departure.

Lauded for his calm and evenhanded approach, he gained popularity among Brexiteers when he aggressively told off pro-Remain MPs while sitting as Deputy.

Ahead of the vote to trigger Article 50 in 2016, members of the SNP started singing the EU’s anthem Ode to Joy in protest.

All 45 members of the SNP in Westminster at the time, voted against Theresa May’s Article 50 Bill, which gave the former Prime Minister permission for Britain to begin the process of leaving the EU.

The vote was carried with a majority of 372.

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle is Deputy Speaker (Image: PA)

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Leader of the SNP, Ian Blackford (Image: GETTY)

During the performance of Beethoven composition, Sir Hoyle shouted: "Order! It's a very good reason to hold a choir but what I would say is I don't mind singing but I certainly can't allow it in the chamber.

"Because before we know it we could hear other tunes and I don't want to get into that."

He continued, joking that some MPs "haven't quite got the voice on this side of the chamber".

He added: "It's been a very tense week already.

"I just don't need any extra."

Ode to Joy was adopted as a European anthem in the Seventies.

It has been subject to much criticism from eurosceptics over the years.

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Nigel Farage and his Brexit MEPs turning their backs to the EU anthem (Image: SKY NEWS)

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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (Image: GETTY)

Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party MEPs famously turned their backs during the playing of the anthem at a ceremony to mark the opening of the EU Parliament in July.

After being called disrespectful by numerous politicians, Mr Farage explained his actions, telling Sky News: "What is disrespectful is to take the ancient nation states of Europe and without asking anyone's permission turn it into a country, because that's what the president of the parliament called it this morning.

"That's really disgraceful and I am not going to stand to attention for this anthem – no way.

"I'll show respect for any anthem of any other country in the world, but not a false creation like this and I think we did the right thing."

UKIP MEPs, under the leadership of Mr Farage, had taken the same action at the start of the last European Parliament session in 2014.