SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

Many are also furious Scottish MPs were given minutes to discuss key Lords amendments on Tuesday night.

At Prime Minister's Questions on 13 June, Ian Blackford insisted repeatedly that this was a "power grab".

Earlier, in Commons exchanges, the SNP leader had pointed out that despite the declaration that Scotland would be a partner of equals in the United Kingdom, the Tory Government had pressed ahead with a "power-grab" in direct opposition to Scotland's Parliament and had "silenced Scotland's voice". "The people of Scotland will not be disrespected by this Parliament".

What had Ian Blackford said?

"The PM silenced Scotland's voice".

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"It's not the case this is a power grab". A party source said parliament's rule book, Erskine May, was being trawled for similar "guerilla tactics".
Scotland's Brexit minister Michael Russell had already threatened to withdrawal from technical discussions with United Kingdom counterparts on how new powers would be shared after leaving the EU. That is a democratic outrage.

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

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

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..."

Blackford then refused to sit back down and Bercow asked him to leave due to the "repeated and insistent refusal to resume his seat when so instructed" the Commons and not return for the rest of the day.

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SNP MPs stormed out in solidarity with their leader and shouted at the Speaker.

Mr Blackford replied that the reality was powers enshrined under the 1998 Scotland Act were being "grabbed back" by Whitehall and Scottish MPs were "not given the courtesy of even debating it last night; it's a democratic outrage".

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

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". Yet last night she pressed ahead with a power-grab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected Parliament. Opponents said the move was planned well in advance, taking place during prime minister's questions, the highlight of the parliamentary week. "But the Prime Minister has ignored Scotland". "It is not acceptable".

Moments later, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted she was "right behind" her party's MPs.

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Tempers flared after time ran out for debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Tuesday night as MPs were set to consider what the SNP has termed a "power grab" by Westminster over responsibilities returning to the United Kingdom from Brussels.

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