SNP Refuses to Accept Scotland’s Voice Being Silenced

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday June 13 2018

SNP MP’s leave the chamber in solidarity with Ian Blackford MP (pictured).

SNP MPs have walked out of the Chamber during Prime Minister's Questions, following repeated attempts to silence Scotland's voice.

Ian Blackford MP used a standing order to call for the House of Commons to sit in private, following the Prime Minister’s failure to bring forward emergency legislation on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The SNP Westminster Leader used the parliamentary procedure to ensure the will of the Scottish Parliament is respected and the Brexit legislation pauses until the Scottish Parliament’s Legislative Consent Motion is considered as the UK leaves the European Union.

Ian Blackford MP described events in the House of Commons last night as a ‘democratic outrage’ as the Tories’ power grab on devolved administrations was not debated in the chamber- and Labour abstained on a devolution amendment 'in a shocking dereliction of duty'.

Following the votes, SNP MPs raised Points of Order with the Speaker over the proceedings.

Mr Blackford said the Tories campaigned against the Scottish Parliament in 1997, and now they want to dismantle it by centralising powers in Westminster.

The Brexit legislation 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.

The SNP tabled amendments to the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill to protect the Scottish Parliament from a power grab as the UK leaves the European Union.

Following the decision by the SNP, Labour, the Greens and the Lib Dems in the Scottish Parliament voted to refuse to give consent to Westminster’s damaging Brexit legislation - a failure by the UK Government to amend the legislation in light of the Scottish Parliament’s view is a fundamental breach of the devolution settlement.

Commenting Ian Blackford MP said:

“I called for the House to sit in private – using parliament’s own procedures to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard on Brexit.

“Proceedings on the EU Withdrawal Bill last night were a democratic outrage and the Scottish Parliament must be respected.

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

“Yet last night she pressed ahead with a power-grab in direct opposition to Scotland’s elected Parliament.

“We hear from the Prime Minister about respecting devolution.

“But the Prime Minister has ignored Scotland.

"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.

“Their respect for Scotland is skin-deep at best.

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

‘This will haunt the Scottish Tories for a generation."



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