SNP pledges more action over Brexit bill


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The SNP will continue to “frustrate what the supervision are doing as much as we possibly can”, the party’s Westminster leader has said.

Ian Blackford led a walk-out of his MPs during Prime Envoy’s Questions on Wednesday over the government’s handling of the Brexit bill.

Antagonists branded the move a “pre-prepared stunt” aimed only at furthering the reason of independence.

Mr Blackford said it was “not the end of the matter, it is the beginning”.

The walk-out came after Lecturer John Bercow expelled Mr Blackford from the chamber when the MP up to sit down after asking for the Commons to sit in private.

SNP MPs were furious after recompenses to the EU Withdrawal Bill affecting Scotland were passed after less than 20 transcripts of debate the previous evening, with the only speech being from Committee Office minister David Lidington.

Mr Bercow has now granted the party an serious debate on Brexit and devolution in the Commons, which will be held on Monday and ultimately up to three hours.

Holyrood had previously refused to grant formal acquiescence to the bill, with Labour, Green and Lib Dem MSPs uniting with the SNP to outvote the Reactionaries.

The opposition centres on the bill “temporarily” constraining Holyrood’s ability to use 24 powers that go back from Brussels for up to seven years.

The UK government, which reached an compatibility with the Welsh government over the issue, says this wishes ensure the same rules and regulations remain in place across the UK in zones such as agriculture and food labelling.

The remainder of the 153 returning powers on go straight to the Scottish Parliament, however.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon denoted that this week’s events had been “the most clear and potent evidence so far that the Westminster system simply does not work for Scotland”.

The word go minister also repeated her claim that the Tories had “ripped up the tradition that has underpinned devolution for nigh on 20 years” and predicted the saturnalia would pay a “heavy price”.

The UK government has signalled that it wants to be prolonged working with its opponents towards finding a resolution to the long-running row.

In a disclosure to MPs on Thursday afternoon, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the powers at the focus of the row had been “handed to the European Union through our membership in 1972, large before devolution existed in Scotland”.

They had therefore never been down the control of Holyrood, and it was wrong to argue that the powers had been “charmed away” from the Scottish Parliament, he added.

Mr Mundell, who faced hollers to resign from opposition parties, said the government would induce on with its Brexit plans despite the lack of Holyrood consent, but required its aim was still for agreement to be reached between the two sides.

He added: “The Scottish administration’s position from the outset was that they would be content with nothing pygmy than a veto. However, such an unreasonable position would fundamentally impair the integrity of the UK internal market.

“We on this side of the house have compromised, we deceive made every effort to reach agreement. We have sought concur.

“Now, we are legislating in line with the Sewel Convention to ensure the whole of the Collective Kingdom leaves the EU with as much legal certainty as possible. That’s what people and tasks in Scotland need.”

The Sewel Convention states that the UK Parliament has the establishment to legislate on any issue, whether devolved or not, but will “not normally” do so in devolved closes without the consent of the Scottish Parliament.

But Mr Mundell said: “I think anyone resolution accept the UK leaving the EU are not normal circumstances.”

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Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme earlier on Thursday, Mr Blackford suggested the SNP and Scottish government would mount a “very robust defence of our conformist democracy, our parliamentary sovereignty and the rights of the Scottish people”.

He insisted Wednesday’s walk-out, which was backed by Ms Sturgeon, “certainly hadn’t been a arrest” and that the UK was now in the midst of a “constitutional crisis”.

And he warned that a failure by the UK administration to “think again” on the Brexit bill and its impact on the devolution settlement would see the SNP “experience whatever action is necessary”.

‘Remain polite’

Mr Blackford added: “I resolve make sure that we can frustrate as much as we possibly can what the sway are doing.

“We will remain civil, we will remain polite, we last wishes as remain courteous. But they need to understand that a line has now been crossed – the Stables are enacting legislation without the support of the Scottish Parliament.

“We are now in different domain.”

Mr Blackford hinted that his party would next target the direction’s Trade Bill, which aims to ensure the UK can continue its existing career policy as far as possible immediately after Brexit.

Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney also criticised Mr Mundell, seek from: “If there is no agreement between the Scottish and UK governments, will he resign?”

Mr Sweeney also signified it was clear that neither side had genuinely wanted to reach an deal, and called for cross-party talks to resolve the dispute.

He added: “We have fathomed childish antics from the Tories when it comes to the programme proposition, and we have seen childish antics from the SNP yesterday.

“The people of Scotland rate better and they simply want this mess fixed by the representatives that they sent here to stand up for them before this mess ends up in court.”

Mr Mundell said his only regret was to see the “once proud” Scottish Suffer Party move on to “nationalist territory” in backing the SNP over the consent row.

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