Friday, 14 December, 2018

SNP MPs cause uproar as they walk out of PMQs with Blackford

Murdo Fraser NCScottish Tory finance Murdo Fraser
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 15:55

Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) walked out of the British parliament on Wednesday to protest what they say is Scotland's voice being ignored over Brexit.

Many are also furious Scottish MPs were given minutes to discuss key Lords amendments on Tuesday night.

Mr Bercow acted after Ian Blackford defied numerous demands to resume his seat during prime minister's questions after claiming Scotland was being sidelined in Brexit debates. "Having broken constitutional convention and plunged Scotland into a constitutional crisis, will the Prime Minister now commit to bringing forward emergency legislation so that the will of the Scottish Parliament can be heard and, more importantly, respected?"

And at the end of the questions, speaker John Bercow praised the baby girl who he said had been "a model of impeccable behaviour" despite the "turbulence" of the proceedings.

Speaking to the BBC immediately after the incident, Mr Blackford said: "Scotland's voice has not been heard, we have had changes to the devolution settlement that were pushed through last night without Scottish MPs voices being heard". Let me be clear, the SNP shall not "sit down" and allow the people of Scotland to be treated in this way.

"This powergrab occurred when MPs from Scotland were not even given the courtesy of debating it last night, it's a democratic outrage". That is a democratic outrage.

Blackford was followed by the rest of the SNP's 35 lawmakers.

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Ian Blackford was thrown out of the chamber by the Commons Speaker because he refused to sit down after demanding a new debate on Scotland and Brexit. My mixed sequence of advice is that is better for the vote to be conducted at the conclusion of questions to the prime minister...

The Scottish Parliament has refused to give its consent to the Withdrawal Bill, meaning that Westminster is set to overrule its wishes for the first time in the history of devolution.

"The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a "union of equals". Look at this morning's interview with Scottish secretary David Mundell, who was repeatedly asked why there was next to no time given for debate of issues related to devolution. "It is not acceptable".

People have "surged" to join Nicola Sturgeon's party, a source said, to unite against a "power grab" by the Conservatives on Brexit.

The passing of the EU Withdrawal Bill meant powers which were supposed to return to the Scottish Parliament after the United Kingdom leaves the EU would go to Westminster for a period of seven years, a move which SNP MPs broke with the Sewel convention that changes to devolution would not occur without the consent of the Scottish Parliament.

"Disappointed, if not surprised, that if they really felt so strongly about it, they chose a stunt over holding the Government to account".

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