SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

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SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit

The House of Commons descended into chaos as the SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford was expelled for trying to call a stunt vote in the middle of PMQs.

During today's PMQ's, SNP Westminster leader Blackford said Brexit was being used as a "power grab" from the Scottish Parliament and branded last night's debate a "democratic outrage".

"I think the people of Scotland have to reflect on what has happened here - a Conservative government has stripped powers from the Scottish Parliament and is not prepared to give us the opportunity to debate this".

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

"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.

"They are the masters of manufactured grievance and the people of Scotland are sick of it".

"It is a power grab and MPs from Scotland were not even given the courtesy of debating it last night".

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

The SNP's Ian Blackford was thrown out of the chamber by the speaker of parliament because he refused to sit down after demanding a new debate on Scotland and Brexit.

"It is a democratic outrage".

Blackford eventually left the House of Commons with all of his SNP colleagues in tow, in a show of solidarity, much to the amusement of heckling Tory MPs.

"The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a "union of equals".

The speaker of the house John Bercow MP appeared flustered and unprepared for the request, at first responding that it couldn't be heard, then stating that it could be, and finally deciding that it would only be heard at the end of Prime Minister's Questions. 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.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell hit out at the nationalists for "constitutional posturing", saying it was "quite clear that it was never going to be possible to get agreed amendments because quite simply the Scottish Government, the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon have a different view of the constitution from everybody else".

We walked out of PMQs because Scotland's voice is being ignored, Scottish democracy is being disrespected.

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