Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Furious Scots walk out of United Kingdom parliament over Brexit

Furious Scots walk out of United Kingdom parliament over Brexit

This is the moment SNP MPs stormed out of the House of Commons partway through PMQs in protest after their Westminster leader was kicked out of the chamber. 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.

At the very least, the amendment places a requirement on the United Kingdom government to negotiate a deal with the European Union which closely mirrors current arrangements, if not replicating them in their entirety.

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".

The long-running dispute centres on what happens to certain devolved powers when they return from Brussels, and has led to MSPs voting to withhold consent for the Brexit legislation.

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.

All of the SNP's 35 MPs then stood up and walked out collectively.

That behaviour is endemic in the Tory party.

"The SNP MPs today made sure that issue was highlighted and they did it in the only way open to them".

The SNP says it will now seek to build a new power-sharing deal for Scotland, Brexit minister Michael Russell told Reuters.

Marching orders Speaker John Bercow told Mr Blackford to leave
Marching orders Speaker John Bercow told Mr Blackford to leave

Blackford had sought an immediate vote to have the Commons heard in private, complaining that little more than half an hour had been given over to debating the devolution amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill last night. He added: "Disappointed, if not surprised, that if they really felt so strongly about it, they chose a stunt over holding the Government to account".

Conservative MP Douglas Ross condemned the SNP going down a "pathetic theatrical route", and Labour's Ian Murray said it was "time for grown-up politics, not manufactured grievances".

She said: "The conduct of MPs across the Westminster parties yesterday was pretty despicable - particularly the Conservatives".

"I have a duty.to stand up against betrayal against Scottish people and the power grab that has taken place", Blackford added.

Tory MPs also ridiculed the SNP on social media after a script from Tuesday's debate was found, listing points of order for Nationalists to raise in protest, including a choice of whether to voice "outrage / disappointment".

The first minister said the relationship between the Scottish and United Kingdom governments over Brexit could no longer be "business as usual".

And as May and her government have repeatedly ruled out doing anything which would threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom, then it is hard to see how this won't point towards Britain accepting anything but the softest of soft Brexits. "Where is the respect to the Scottish people?"

Speaking to the BBC immediately after the incident, Mr Blackford said: "Scotland's voice has not been heard, we have had changes to the devolution settlement that were pushed through last night without Scottish MPs voices being heard".

The Scottish Secretary will deliver a Commons statement today giving MPs the chance to debate Brexit and devolution. This complete contempt is what the Scottish people are up against.

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