SNP MPs walk out of Commons after Blackford Bercow clash over Brexit

SNP MPs walk out of Commons after Blackford Bercow clash over Brexit

And there is clearly concern in Scotland about the potential effects of Brexit.

Members of Parliament for the Scottish National Party (SNP) walk out of the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions after their leader Ian Blackford was asked to leave by the Speaker, in London, Britain, June 13, 2018.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the SNP was about to be granted a debate on the devolution aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill by the Government. This complete contempt is what the Scottish people are up against. And Blackford's fellow SNP MPs walked out too.

"The reality of the situation is that powers enshrined under the Scotland Act in 1998 are being grabbed back by this House. I'm telling you there can be a vote at the end of this session and not now".

"When the time is right we will ask the people to come with us, to take that jump, to become a modern European nation".

"They are the masters of manufactured grievance and the people of Scotland are sick of it".

Had a private session been agreed, it would have wrecked the government's timetable for the day.

Tory MP shouts at @IanBlackfordMP that he should consider suicide during last night's debate. But Scotland's devolved parliament, Holyrood, had rejected those measures last month with the backing of all parties save the Scottish Conservatives.

As Blackford left, he was joined by his colleagues, some of whom jeered and gesticulated at the Conservative MPs opposite.

At Prime Minister's Questions on 13 June, Ian Blackford insisted repeatedly that this was a "power grab". His suspension also meant that Mr Blackford could not take part in the second day of debate on Lords amendments to the Withdrawal Bill, which included votes on the UK's membership of the EU single market and customs union.

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                    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has backed the party's Westminster leader over his challenge of the speaker
PA Wire PA Images First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has backed the party's Westminster leader over his challenge of the speaker

Ms Sturgeon said the SNP "did not make a habit of doing the kind of thing that was done today", but that Mr Blackford was "right to stand his ground".

"This rehearsed move just demonstrated that the SNP care more about headlines than actually achieving anything for Scotland".

The Speaker took more advice, repeating that the vote should take place at the end of PMQs.

"Scotland's voice has not been heard. that's a democratic outrage", he said. "They abandoned Scotland for a political stunt to win them points".

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has heaped praise on the "impeccable behavior" of a baby, the daughter of Labour MP, Clive Lewis, after she bared witness to a chaotic PMQs.

"If it was simply disrespect to SNP MPs, that would be one thing".

"I'm in favour of independence, but while devolution continues to exist it can't operate like this".

"He is ignored and sidelined at Westminster and he is too scared to appear at Holyrood ... But what we saw yesterday was deep disrespect for Scotland and it proved very powerfully that the Westminster system simply does not serve Scotland's interests".

The SNP claimed it had gained 1,100 new members in the hours after the clash at Prime Minister's Questions.


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