Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

She blasted the "farcical" Parliament stating: "The people of Scotland were not able to have their voice heard last night in the European Union withdrawal debate".

"Not one single Scottish MP was able to speak in a debate that lasted less than 20 minutes", he said.

He used the parliamentary procedure to ensure the will of the Scottish Parliament is respected and that Brexit legislation pauses until the Scottish Parliament's motion is considered as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. "Scotland can not be continued to be disrespected by Westminster".

May responded by denying it was a powergrab, saying the Scottish Parliament will get legislation over 80 new areas.

Last year Norwich North MP Chloe Smith's son Alastair made history as the first infant of a Conservative MP to be taken into the House of Commons.

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.

"So we won't be power grabbing, we won't be overriding the Scottish Parliament, we will be seeking their consent on all of the matters that this bill relates to".

Bercow said: "I'm not hearing that at this time and I'm not obliged to do so is my clear understanding...it might be for the convenience of the house for the matter to be addressed at the conclusion of the session..."

Mr Blackford had used a standing order to demand that the Commons sat in private, which he said would ensure that Scotland's voice was heard following Tuesday's vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

He insisted Wednesday's walk-out, which was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, "certainly hadn't been a stunt" and that the United Kingdom was now in the midst of a "constitutional crisis". If the honourable gentleman wishes a desire to have the vote now so be it...

The SNP says it will now seek to build a new power-sharing deal for Scotland, Brexit minister Michael Russell told Reuters.

Blackford attempted to raise a point again, which Bercow would not allow, resulting in the Speaker of the House telling Blackford to leave.

Blackford told the BBC after his ejection that the government was showing a lack of respect for Scotland and added: "let's be under no illusion - this is a constitutional crisis".

"I have a duty on behalf of my colleagues, on behalf of the First Minister and the government of Scotland and of the Parliament of Scotland, to stand up against the betrayal that has taken place of the Scottish people with the unprecedented power grab which is taking place". 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.

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