Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Why me and my SNP MPs walked out of parliament today

Why me and my SNP MPs walked out of parliament today

Blackford attempted to raise a point again, which Bercow would not allow, resulting in the Speaker of the House telling Blackford to leave.

"Under the circumstances, and given the disrespect shown, I've got no option but to now demand that this house sits in private".

The SNP has described this as a "democratic outrage" and claimed that Scotland's voice is being silenced while UK Government ministers carried out a "power grab".

Many MPs walked out of the House of Commons in protest.

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.

But MSPs at the Scottish Parliament refused to give their blessing for May's Bill - something Blackford says has been ignored.

May replied that the Bill ensured a "significant increase in decision-making powers" for Holyrood and that says 80 new powers will "flow direct to Holyrood".

"My job, my colleagues' job is to stand up for the powers of the Scottish Parliament".

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

Earlier Bercow completely lost control of the Commons as the SNP raged about the cutting short of a debate on devolution last night.

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".

Blackford was unhappy with the government's approach to the European Union withdrawal bill.

He then demanded a vote on the issue, something which Bercow refused to consent to until PMQs had concluded.

Blackford was followed by the rest of the SNP's 35 lawmakers.

The heated scenario occurred during lively talks about Brexit as Prime Minister Theresa May faced tough questioning from ministers over the EU Withdrawal Bill. My mixed sequence of advice is that is better for the vote to be conducted at the conclusion of questions to the prime minister... But Scotland's devolved parliament, Holyrood, had rejected those measures last month with the backing of all parties save the Scottish Conservatives.

The Scottish MP had accused Theresa May's government of a "power grab". Look at this morning's interview with Scottish secretary David Mundell, who was repeatedly asked why there was next to no time given for debate of issues related to devolution.

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

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