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

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) staged a dramatic walkout from the British parliament on Wednesday after their leader was ordered to leave the House of Commons in a row over Brexit.

Mr Blackford asked for the House to sit in private but, after being rebuffed by Mr Bercow, he continued his protests.

"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?"

"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".

He refused to sit down, despite repeated requests from Bercow, leading to his ejection.

He made the weird and telling claim that 'even if we'd had 100 hours of debate, the situation wouldn't have changed, ' proving the United Kingdom government's contempt for Scottish devolution and desire to rollback the powers of the devolved parliament.

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What had Ian Blackford said?

Earlier Bercow completely lost control of the Commons as the SNP raged about the cutting short of a debate on devolution last night. That is a democratic outrage.

He then demanded a vote on the issue, something which Bercow refused to consent to until PMQs had concluded.

The suspension prompted all SNP MPs to walk out of Commons chamber, pointing and jeering at Tory MPs.

The heated scenario occurred during lively talks about Brexit as Prime Minister Theresa May faced tough questioning from ministers over the EU Withdrawal Bill. Such a complex endeavour is bound to complicate the agenda of Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to negotiate Brexit. Proceedings on the EU Withdrawal Bill last night were a democratic outrage and the Scottish Parliament must be respected. "Not one single Scottish MP was able to speak in that debate", he added. Yet last night she pressed ahead with a power-grab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected Parliament.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell hit out at the nationalists for "constitutional posturing", saying it was "quite clear that it was never going to be possible to get agreed amendments because quite simply the Scottish Government, the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon have a different view of the constitution from everybody else".

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