Moment SNP MPs Storm Out Of PMQs After Row With The Speaker

13 June, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The shameful actions of Theresa May’s government will not be forgotten in Scotland

"Under the circumstances, and given the disrespect shown, I've got no option but to now demand that this house sits in private".

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

He said the people of Scotland had not been given the courtesy of proper debate on Brexit issues that will affect them during a debate on Tuesday night.

The SNP claim the EU Withdrawal Bill opens the door for a Westminster power grab which takes away from the Scottish Parliament and undermines devolution.

Speaking after the walkout, Mr Blackford said: "The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a "union of equals". That is a democratic outrage.

"I think the people of Scotland have to reflect on what has happened here - a Conservative government has stripped powers from the Scottish Parliament and is not prepared to give us the opportunity to debate this".

The unprecedented event brought PMQs to a temporary halt as Mr Bercow refused his demands.


The row held up questions for a further few minutes until the House speaker lost all patience and expelled the SNP leader from the Commons for the rest of the day.

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. "But the Prime Minister has ignored Scotland".

The Scottish MP had accused Theresa May's government of a "power grab".

The Scottish Parliament has already voted against giving its formal consent to the Withdrawal Bill, with SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem MSPs united in this stance.

The speaker of the house John Bercow MP appeared flustered and unprepared for the request, at first responding that it couldn't be heard, then stating that it could be, and finally deciding that it would only be heard at the end of Prime Minister's Questions. 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.

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.

During today's PMQ's, SNP Westminster leader Blackford said Brexit was being used as a "power grab" from the Scottish Parliament and branded last night's debate a "democratic outrage".

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