SNP MPs walk out of Commons after Blackford Bercow clash over Brexit

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Members of Parliament for the Scottish National Party (SNP) walk out of the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions after their leader Ian Blackford was asked to leave by the Speaker, in London, Britain, June 13, 2018.

Mr Blackford replied that the reality was powers enshrined under the 1998 Scotland Act were being "grabbed back" by Whitehall and Scottish MPs were "not given the courtesy of even debating it last night; it's a democratic outrage".

The speaker of the house John Bercow MP appeared flustered and unprepared for the request, at first responding that it couldn't be heard, then stating that it could be, and finally deciding that it would only be heard at the end of Prime Minister's Questions.

"Let's discuss the power grab that is coming from Westminster".

SNP MPs stormed out in solidarity with their leader and shouted at the Speaker. This complete contempt is what the Scottish people are up against.

"We will consider carefully ways in which we can continue to highlight the injustice that is being done to the Scottish Parliament and to Scotland.but always with Scotland's interests very much at heart".

Pointing to how there was just 15 minutes on Tuesday night for debate on the Scottish clause to the EU Withdrawal Bill, the PM blamed Labour for using "procedural manoeuvres" in calling unnecessary votes.

The row was prompted by a "lack of debate" on what Mr Blackford said was a "power grab" by the United Kingdom government.

As Blackford left, he was joined by his colleagues, some of whom jeered and gesticulated at the Conservative MPs opposite.

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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".

"Under the power given to me by Standing order no.43 order in light of the repeated refusal to resume his seat on instruction I order the right honourable gentleman to withdraw immediately from the house for the remainder of this days sitting", the speaker said.

"If it was simply disrespect to SNP MPs, that would be one thing".

Outside the chamber, the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said: "I'm not prepared to stand back and see Westminster engage in a power-grab against the Scottish Parliament and to do so on a basis that Scotland's parliamentarians have not been given the opportunity to debate what this Parliament is doing".

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said: "They pulled a political stunt rather than speak up for the people of Scotland".

Facing calls from the SNP for his resignation, Mr Mundell said: "I'm not responsible ultimately for how the House of Commons operates, or its procedures".

Parliament has become more and more acrimonious as the process of leaving the European Union exacerbates divisions.

He was followed by some 30 of his SNP members.

When we came to Westminster first in 2015 and then again previous year, we promised that Scotland's voice would not be silenced.

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