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SNP walk out of Commons after weird Speaker row

SNP walk out of Commons after weird Speaker row”

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the House of Commons speaks before he and his party's Members of Parliament walked out during Prime Minister's Questions after the Speaker asked him to leave the chamber, in London, Britain, June 13, 2018.

He was protesting about the way Scotland had been treated over Brexit and in particular in relation to the EU Withdrawal Bill that the SNP claims takes back devolved powers such as support for farmers and control of territorial sea waters, returning them directly to Westminster.

"The Prime Minister silenced Scotland's voice, having broken constitutional convention, and plunged Scotland into a constitutional crisis, will the PM now commit to bringing forward emergency legislation so the will of Scottish Parliament can be heard and, more importantly, respected?"

Blackford had initially stated: "The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of the union of equals".

"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".

He made the freakish 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.

The SNP's Ian Blackford was thrown out of the chamber by the speaker of parliament because he refused to sit down after demanding a new debate on Scotland and Brexit.

"I really do hope that the people of Scotland listened very carefully to what the PM said", he said.

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "Even if we had had 100 hours of debate the outcome wouldn't have changed because the SNP and Scottish Government position is exactly the same as it was on day one of this Bill".

He insisted what had happened in the Commons was a "democratic outrage", adding: "Without debate, without the voices of Scottish MPs being heard, the government pushed through these amendments to rip out the powers from the Scottish Parliament". Proceedings on the EU Withdrawal Bill last night were a democratic outrage and the Scottish Parliament must be respected.

Mr Bercow said it would be better to deal with the issue at the end of the question session.

The Scottish First Minister added: "The decision to act without our consent, and the manner of doing it, will not be forgotten". Yet last night she pressed ahead with a power-grab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected Parliament.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she was "right behind" Blackford and accused Westminster of treating Scotland with "contempt".



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