SNP in Brexit trade threat as party warns of more guerrilla tactics

Mr Blackford's protest was over the shrinking of debate on amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill relating to devolution last night

Mr Blackford's protest was over the shrinking of debate on amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill relating to devolution last night

After repeatedly asking the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber to take his seat, the Speaker expelled him from the Chamber for the rest of the day.

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".

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she was "right behind" Blackford and accused Westminster of treating Scotland with "contempt".

The SNP has staged an extraordinary mass walkout of Prime Minister's Questions in protest at the UK Government's handling of Brexit.

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".

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That was the cue for Blackford to call for a vote in the House of Commons.

The SNP can not stand by while Scotland's voice is silenced, while our Parliament is undermined and our devolution settlement - which Scotland overwhelmingly voted for - is put at risk.

Ms Smith, who returned from maternity leave to take part in the vote on the European Union Bill, took her four-month old through the voting lobby, where he also met Prime Minister Theresa May. They pressed ahead in direct opposition to Scotland's elected Parliament.

'The Tories haven't won a democratic mandate from the people of Scotland for over 60 years, yet they press on to claw back powers from Holyrood without consent. My mixed sequence of advice is that is better for the vote to be conducted at the conclusion of questions to the prime minister...

'History will remember this defining moment when the UK Parliament chose to reject devolution.

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Not only did the anti-Scottish Tories defy the will of the Scottish people - they downgraded devolution, allowing a measly 15 minutes of debate on devolved matters.

Scottish Conservative MP Kirstene Hair said: 'This rehearsed move just demonstrated that the SNP care more about headlines than actually achieving anything for Scotland.

They told Sky News: "Scotland will not be silenced and voters are uniting against the brazen Tory power grab". It is a joke'.

The SNP claim the EU Withdrawal Bill opens the door for a Westminster power grab which takes away from the Scottish Parliament and undermines devolution.

He warned the UK Government that "this is not the end of the matter, this is the beginning" and concluded: "I will make sure we can frustrate as much as we possibly can what the Government are doing".

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