Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: "I'm afraid the normal relationships between the Scottish and Westminster governments have to be impacted by this".

Scottish Government ministers and SNP MPs were outraged when amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill related to devolution were passed by the House of Commons after just 15 minutes of debate - with Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington the only member who made a speech.

After initially telling Blackford that he could hold a vote during PMQs, Bercow then told the Westminster SNP leader that he would hold a vote after the remainder of PMQs, telling him to sit down.

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".

She claimed Scotland and Holyrood were "being treated with contempt by Westminster - and it needs to be highlighted".

He stated: "I really do hope that the people of Scotland listened very carefully to what the prime minister said, because the reality of the situation is that powers enshrined under the Scotland Act 1998 are being grabbed back by this parliament today".

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He used the parliamentary procedure to ensure the will of the Scottish Parliament is respected and that Brexit legislation pauses until the Scottish Parliament's motion is considered as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

He made the weird 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.

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.

"It is a democratic outrage".

"Under the circumstances, and given the disrespect shown, I've got no option but to now demand that this house sits in private". She has completely ignored Scotland. "Not one single Scottish MP was able to speak in that debate", he added. It leaves Holyrood exposed to having powers taken without consent in areas including trade deals, environmental standards and food safety, all issues of key concern to the Scottish parliament and all of which impact detrimentally on Scotland's economy - we're talking a loss of up to 80,000 jobs and cuts to wages of £2,000 a year, according to economists.

Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) walked out of the British parliament on Wednesday to protest what they say is Scotland's voice being ignored over Brexit.

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