SNP's Ian Blackford clashes with Speaker before walkout

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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.

Sources said arcane parliamentary procedure would be called on again in order to frustrate Brexit legislation, after the Nationalists almost derailed the session in protest over the lack of debate on Brexit's constitutional impact.

At the very least, the amendment places a requirement on the United Kingdom government to negotiate a deal with the European Union which closely mirrors current arrangements, if not replicating them in their entirety.

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.

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the House of Commons speaks before he and his party's Members of Parliament walked out during Prime Minister's Questions after the Speaker asked him to leave the chamber, in London, Britain, June 13, 2018.

The Speaker of the House John Bercow repeatedly told Ian Blackford to sit down but he refused.

SNP MPs stormed out in solidarity with their leader and shouted at the Speaker.

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"It's not the case this is a power grab. We have the outrageous situation that Scottish Members of Parliament have been unable to debate". "I'm telling you there can be a vote at the end of this session and not now".

Mr Blackford said Scotland had been "plunged into a constitutional crisis" as a result of the UK Government's actions and demanded that emergency legislation be brought forward.

Had a private session been agreed, it would have wrecked the government's timetable for the day.

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

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.

But MSPs at the Scottish Parliament refused to give their blessing for May's Bill - something Blackford says has been ignored.

"This rehearsed move just demonstrated that the SNP care more about headlines than actually achieving anything for Scotland".

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

"I'm very proud of Ian Blackford and the SNP MPs for making sure today that Scotland's voice was heard". "They abandoned Scotland for a political stunt to win them points".

SNP MPs are simply seeking to represent the views of their constituents.

The Scottish Secretary will deliver a Commons statement today giving MPs the chance to debate Brexit and devolution.

My SNP colleagues and I were treated to the same braying and disrespect that we receive on a continual basis. I am, however, disappointed that we didn't have more time for the debate.

"He is ignored and sidelined at Westminster and he is too scared to appear at Holyrood ..."

"We need to, we will and we must stand up and defend Scotland's interests".

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