London — John Bercow is spending his final weeks as speaker of the House of Commons in the same way he has spent the previous decade: putting himself at the center of events and making life difficult for the British government.

Bercow, who announced his impending retirement last week, is the most controversial speaker in decades, possibly centuries. To his fans, he’s a defender of democracy, standing up for parliament against government attempts to sideline it. To critics, he’s an opponent of Brexit who has bent the rules in an effort to stop Britain from leaving the EU...

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