SNP's Ian Blackford clashes with Speaker before walkout

Murdo Fraser

NCScottish Tory finance Murdo Fraser

The facts of the matter are straightforward: Ian Blackford MP used a standing order to call for the House of Commons to sit in private and call a division, following the Prime Minister's failure to bring forward emergency legislation on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the SNP was about to be granted a debate on the devolution aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill by the Government.

Rising to ask a question during the session, Blackford said: "The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as a union of equals".

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".

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.

"This powergrab occurred when MPs from Scotland were not even given the courtesy of debating it last night, it's a democratic outrage".

"The people of Scotland will not be disrespected by this parliament", he said.

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".

The row held up questions for a further few minutes until the House speaker lost all patience and expelled the SNP leader from the Commons for the rest of the day.

Opponents said the move was planned well in advance, taking place during prime minister's questions, the highlight of the parliamentary week. Such a complex endeavour is bound to complicate the agenda of Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to negotiate Brexit.

The Scottish Parliament has already voted against giving its formal consent to the Withdrawal Bill, with SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem MSPs united in this stance.

He added the issue would "haunt the Scottish Tories for a generation". Yet last night she pressed ahead with a power-grab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected Parliament.

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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