Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle is expelled after grabbing the mace

Brexit: Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle is expelled after grabbing the mace

Lloyd Russell-Moyle grabbed the mace tonight in protest at the government pulling the Brexit deal vote.

But in the aftermath of the news, Labour said it would put down a motion "when we judge it most likely to be successful".

Speaker John Bercow ordered the backbench Labour MP out of the Commons for the rest of the day.

He remained in the chamber looking at the Speaker and said nothing as MPs gasped.

"I'm grateful to a dedicated servant of the House for bringing forward the mace and restoring it to its place".

Lloyd Russell-Moyle exits the chamber, after being told to leave.

The mace is a gold-gilded silver symbol of the monarch's authority in Parliament, and without it, the house can not sit.

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Immediately after the incident, Russell-Moyle tweeted: 'Thankfully they haven't locked me in the Tower of London but if they had I'd expect May to be in the cell next to me for her treatment of Parliament today.

Speaking from the Red Lion pub just outside Parliament, the Labour MP said: "The symbolic gesture of lifting the mace and removing it is that the will of Parliament to govern is no longer there has been removed".

"They stopped me before I got out of the Chamber and I wasn't going to struggle with someone wearing a huge sword on their hip".

More than 30 MPs, 15 peers and five MEPs have signed a letter urging the Labour leaders to table a vote this week.

Laying down the gauntlet on Twitter and highlighting the SNP's willingness to unite with Labour on the issue, she wrote: "So ... if Labour, as official opposition, lodges a motion of no confidence in this incompetent government tomorrow, the SNP will support and we can then work together to give people the chance to stop Brexit in another vote".

After facing what appeared to be the worst defeat in the House of Commons' history, which could have spelled the end of her reign as Britain's leader, Prime Minister May has instead opted to cancel the vote, but this move does not come without its own major obstacles. She spoke with her Cabinet colleagues by a telephone conference call before addressing the Commons.

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