SNP MPs walk out of PMQs in protest over Brexit debate

SNP Westminster leader kicked out of PMQs and MPs follow after he challenges Speaker

SNP Westminster leader kicked out of PMQs and MPs follow after he challenges Speaker

MP Chris Law takes a selfie alongside SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (centre), surrounded by the party's MPs, in College Green, Westminster, London.

Mr Blackford used standing orders of the House of Commons to demand an emergency debate in private on Westminster's retention of 24 devolved powers after Brexit.

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.

"We will do what we can as a parliamentary group to hold them to account, and use parliamentary procedures to best effect".

"It's not the case this is a power grab".

The party's Westminster leader was then followed by all other SNP MPs. This complete contempt is what the Scottish people are up against. "Scotland can not be continued to be disrespected by Westminster".

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. It's important to note that the damage of this government's reckless approach to Brexit is not just going to damage Scotland, but the whole of the UK. Let me be clear, the SNP shall not "sit down" and allow the people of Scotland to be treated in this way.

However, Scottish Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs condemned the walk-out as a "stunt", and said Mr Blackford had spoiled his chance of securing an emergency debate on devolution in the coming days.

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

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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".

He said: "This ridiculous stunt may grab headlines, but its impact demonstrates just how little the SNP really cares about stopping the Tories' reckless hard Brexit".

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

He said the people of Scotland had not been given the courtesy of proper debate on Brexit issues that will affect them during a debate on Tuesday night.

Mr Mundell, is expected make a Commons statement on Thursday on Brexit and devolution.

"I'm in favour of independence, but while devolution continues to exist it can't operate like this". I am, however, disappointed that we didn't have more time for the debate.

Parliament has become more and more acrimonious as the process of leaving the European Union exacerbates divisions.

The SNP later said it had attracted 1,000 new members in the immediate aftermath of the row. "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".


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