COMMONS Speaker John Bercow has told aides he will quit at the next election as Tories launched a campaign to oust him.
Boris Johnson plans to field a candidate against him in his Buckingham seat in revenge for what he sees as anti-Government bias.
Traditionally, the main political parties do not stand against the Speaker whose office is meant to be impartial.
But the PM and colleagues are furious after Mr Bercow – who admits voting Remain – tore up the Commons rulebook last week to allow fellow Europhiles to seize control of the agenda and pass a law to delay Brexit.
In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.
A Commons source said Mr Bercow has privately told staff he is will step down as Speaker at the next election.
But some suspect he is planning to stand as a pro-Remain Independent MP if the PM refuses to give him a seat in the Lords.
A spokesman for Mr Bercow said: “The Speaker was elected by the House in 2017 for the course of the Parliament.
“In the event he has anything to say on his future plans, he will make an announcement to the House first.”
THE SUN SAYS
BIASED John Bercow has tirelessly worked with Remoaners to block Brexit.
The smug Speaker is now considering standing as an Independent MP at the next General Election if he is dropped by the Tories.
That would be the first independent thing he’s ever done in his life.