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AFP
June 14, 2018

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Scottish MP ejected from parliament over Brexit row

LONDON: A senior Scottish nationalist MP was ejected from the British parliament on Wednesday in chaotic scenes after staging a protest against the government’s "contempt" for Scotland in the Brexit process.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader in the House of Commons, Ian Blackford, used a parliamentary procedure to try to disrupt the weekly prime minister’s question time, calling for an immediate vote on a motion for MPs to sit in private.

Speaker John Bercow agreed to discuss the issue once question time was over but when Blackford refused to take his seat, ordered the Scot out of the chamber for the rest of the day. In a spectacle condemned by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government as a "stunt", other SNP MPs followed Blackford out of the door, some shouting at the speaker.

Scotland’s separatist First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she was "right behind" her MPs. She said Scotland and its parliament "are being treated with contempt by Westminster and it needs to be highlighted".

The row relates to the flagship EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which sets the legal framework for Brexit and would transfer thousands of European rules into British law. The Scottish Parliament has refused to approve the bill because it could mean powers currently held by Brussels are moved to London, even when they relate to devolved areas -- Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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