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Why me and my SNP MPs walked out of parliament today

14 June 2018, 03:56 | Erica Roy

NCNicola Sturgeon has been forced to defend the blueprint against a Left-wing backlash

Nicola Sturgeon

In his question to the prime minister Theresa May, Blackford stated: "The prime minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a union of equals, yet last night she pressed ahead with a powergrab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected parliament".

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.

The harmonious end to PMQs was in sharp contrast to the scenes of pandemonium on the SNP benches, raucous laughter on the Tory side and the Speaker's flustered attempt to maintain decorum in the House of Commons.

Mr Blackford said Scotland had been "plunged into a constitutional crisis" as a result of the UK Government's actions and demanded that emergency legislation be brought forward.

May responded by denying it was a powergrab, saying the Scottish Parliament will get legislation over 80 new areas.

Blackford then took a stand, by refusing to sit down. Opponents said the move was planned well in advance, taking place during prime minister's questions, the highlight of the parliamentary week.

The Scottish Parliament has refused to give its consent to the Withdrawal Bill, meaning that Westminster is set to overrule its wishes for the first time in the history of devolution.

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

"Like the party's extraordinary membership surge of 2014, joining the SNP has become a powerful symbol and the best way of ensuring Scotland's voice is heard".

Bercow said: "I'm not hearing that at this time and I'm not obliged to do so is my clear understanding...it might be for the convenience of the house for the matter to be addressed at the conclusion of the session..." If the honourable gentleman wishes a desire to have the vote now so be it... She has completely ignored Scotland.

Mr Bercow said he was suspending the party leader for the rest of the day following his "repeated refusal" to take his seat when told to do so.

After initially telling Blackford that he could hold a vote during PMQs, Bercow, to the incredulity of SNP members, then told the Westminster SNP leader that he would hold a vote after the remainder of PMQs, and not before, telling him to sit down. And Blackford's fellow SNP MPs walked out too.

In the central lobby immediately afterwards, Blackford told the BBC he would not back down.

"We are giving message to the government that we will take them on, we are not prepared to sit back and see powers taken from the Scottish parliament", he added.

He added the issue would "haunt the Scottish Tories for a generation".

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