SNP MPs stage mass walkout during PMQs over Brexit



The SNP says it will now seek to build a new power-sharing deal for Scotland, Brexit minister Michael Russell told Reuters.

Responding, Theresa May said the Withdrawal Bill would result in new powers being handed to Holyrood in more than 80 areas, adding that "only the SNP" would describe this as a power grab.

Mr Blackford was asking for the Commons to sit in private when he was called to ask a question during the weekly PMQs session.

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.

"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".

"The reality of the situation is that powers enshrined under the Scotland Act in 1998 are being grabbed back by this House". It is a power grab and the MPs from Scotland were not given even the courtesy of debating it last night.

"It is a democratic outrage".

On Tuesday, British lawmakers had voted to push through Brexit legislation including measures affecting Scotland such as agriculture and fisheries which did not have the consent of Holyrood, the devolved Scottish parliament where the SNP is the biggest party.

Mr Bercow said he would be happy to take a vote on the issue after PMQs, but after Mr Blackford repeatedly refused to sit down, he ordered him to leave.

He was followed by some 30 of his SNP members.

Just 19 minutes were allocated for debate at Westminster on issues related to devolution during the EU Withdrawal Bill debate last night - 19 minutes during which not one Scottish MP was given the opportunity to speak, the entire time was hogged by cabinet office minister David Lidington. "But the Prime Minister has ignored Scotland".

The SNP has staged an extraordinary mass walkout of Prime Minister's Questions in protest at the UK Government's handling of Brexit. As MPs continued to shout, Mr Bercow could he heard saying to colleagues: "He won't, so we'll have to have the vote". "It is not acceptable".

Most Scottish lawmakers are unhappy at a clause in the European Union withdrawal bill that temporarily restricts the Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh assembly's powers, leaving them in the hands of the United Kingdom government while the rules governing Britain after Brexit are redrawn.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: "I'm afraid the normal relationships between the Scottish and Westminster governments have to be impacted by this". He added: "Disappointed, if not surprised, that if they really felt so strongly about it, they chose a stunt over holding the Government to account".

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