SNP membership applications rise by 10,000% after MPs' mass walkout in Westminster
17 June, 2018, 14:52 | Author: Sheila Harris
Mr Blackford was protesting at MPs being given around an hour to consider over 50 amendments to the Brexit bill on devolution.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the SNP was about to be granted a debate on the devolution aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill, something which did not take place as a result of the walkout. Despite the fact that the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelming to reject it last month.
PMQs was then brought to a halt as Mr Bercow sought advice before saying MPs could vote on the request for a private sitting at the end of the session. "Resume your seat", Bercow yelled repeatedly, before demanding that Blackford be thrown out. That is a democratic outrage.
Yesterday, I asked the Prime Minister to do the right thing.
"Yet, last night, she pressed ahead with a power grab in direct opposition to Scotland's elected parliament".
'That is not acceptable and the Speaker refused to allow a division which I rightly called for. It is an absolute disgrace. I will do that'.
"The Prime Minister silenced Scotland's voice, having broken constitutional convention, and plunged Scotland into a constitutional crisis, will the PM now commit to bringing forward emergency legislation so the will of Scottish Parliament can be heard and, more importantly, respected?" The SNP MPs today made sure that issue was highlighted and they did it in the only way open to them.
"The real impact of what we have seen is that people across Scotland are under no illusion that the Westminster system, in which we were told Scotland was an equal and respected partner, simply doesn't work for Scotland".
He said he was "disappointed, if not surprised, that if they really felt so strongly about it, they chose a stunt over holding the government to account".
Mr Mundell said that while it was "unfortunate" there had been limited time for debate, the issues had been "well aired" in both Holyrood and Westminster.
Meanwhile Mr Blackford said: "We're in new territory, we had the ludicrous situation yesterday where the House of Commons has voted through a power grab against the Scottish Parliament, and let's remind ourselves that the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly not to give consent to the Withdrawal Bill because we could not consent to a situation that for the first time since devolution was ushered in, Westminster in effect was taking back control over devolved matters".
This is a defining moment for all of us - if the United Kingdom government wants to change course, it must do so immediately by recognising and respecting the will of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government and the Scottish people.
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