SNP walk out of Commons after freakish Speaker row

SNP MPs empty their benches in the House of Commons

Turning to the speaker, he said: "Under the circumstances, given the disrespect shown, I have got no option but to ask that this House sits in private".

Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) staged a dramatic walkout from the British parliament on Wednesday after their leader was ordered to leave the House of Commons in a row over Brexit.

Many are also furious Scottish MPs were given minutes to discuss key Lords amendments on Tuesday night.

Speaking to the BBC immediately after the incident, Mr Blackford said: "Scotland's voice has not been heard, we have had changes to the devolution settlement that were pushed through last night without Scottish MPs voices being heard".

Blackford then refused to sit back down and Bercow asked him to leave due to the "repeated and insistent refusal to resume his seat when so instructed" the Commons and not return for the rest of the day.

"What we saw last night is the government ramming through legislation that takes responsibility of 24 areas back from the Scottish Parliament but remarkably without debate".

He used the parliamentary procedure to ensure the will of the Scottish Parliament is respected and that Brexit legislation pauses until the Scottish Parliament's motion is considered as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

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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".

"It is a democratic outrage".

"I have a duty on behalf of my colleagues, on behalf of the First Minister and the government of Scotland and of the Parliament of Scotland, to stand up against the betrayal that has taken place of the Scottish people with the unprecedented power grab which is taking place".

Bercow said: 'I must just say to the House, that I am most grateful to the Prime Minister and before we come to points of order, that for all the turbulence and discord of today's proceedings the little baby who has been observing them has been a model of impeccable behaviour from start to finish'. But Scotland's devolved parliament, Holyrood, had rejected those measures last month with the backing of all parties save the Scottish Conservatives. "But the Prime Minister has ignored Scotland". The SNP calls it a "power grab", something the United Kingdom government denies.

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

Moments later, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted she was "right behind" her party's MPs.

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