If it was then it was well planned as the Independent Reports
Prime Ministerâ€™s Questions descended into chaos today as the SNP leader was expelled from the Commons â€“ prompting a mass walkout from his party colleagues.Ian Blackford was ordered out by a flustered John Bercow after he refused to sit down in a protest over the failure to debate what he called a Brexit â€œpower grabâ€� from Scotland.The row held up questions for several minutes before the SNP MPs left the chamber en masse â€“ some shouting and pointing angrily at the speaker and Tory MPs.The SNP was furious after a strict guillotine on debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill left just 15 minutes to discuss a series of devolution controversies on Tuesday evening.Theresa May has also rejected Holyroodâ€™s plea not to â€œbreak the 20-year-old devolution settlementâ€� by ploughing ahead with her Brexit plans in the teeth of Scotlandâ€™s opposition.Speaking immediately afterwards, Mr Blackford denied his protest was â€œa stuntâ€�, insisting it was justified by the governmentâ€™s â€œdemocratic outrageâ€�.Holyrood was exposed to losing powers in crucial areas including trade deals, environmental standards and food safety, he argued.â€œThe prime minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a â€˜union of equalsâ€™. Yet, last night, she pressed ahead with a power grab in direct opposition to Scotlandâ€™s elected parliament,â€� Mr Blackford said.â€œThe Tories havenâ€™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.â€œHistory will remember this defining moment when the UK parliament chose to reject devolution. This will haunt the Scottish Tories for a generation.â€�The Edinburgh parliament voted to withhold consent from the bill last month, when Labour, Green and Lib Dem MSPs joined the SNP in rejecting the legislation by 93 votes to 30.Westminster can override the opinion, something Ms May vowed to do, insisting the devolution proposals in the bill were necessary to â€œmaintain the integrity of our own common marketâ€�.The controversy blew up after Mr Blackford used the parliamentary device of calling for a vote for the Commons to sit in private, in order to raise attention to his protest.Mr Bercow urged him to deal with the issue at the end of the question session â€“ rather than to interrupt it â€“ but spent several minutes discussing parliamentary rules with his clerks.Eventually, the speaker told him that â€œin light of the persistent and repeated refusal of the right honourable gentleman to resume his seat when so instructedâ€� he was banning him for the rest of the day.Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, said she was â€œright behindâ€� Mr Blackford and accused Westminster of treating Scotland with â€œcontemptâ€�.In a further sign of the rising tensions, Holyrood called for David Mundell, the Scottish secretary, to come before MSPs â€œas a matter of urgencyâ€�.A looming Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the withdrawal bill could determine the extent of the constitutional clash to come.
If you want to see the Union case then look no further than Tim Shipman who is the Political Editor of the Sunday Times.
â€œIt was a ludicrous stunt. They clearly wanted to be thrown out. Their behaviour was like a class of six year olds â€¦ All from an entity which has half the population of London. Powers were always owned by London and devolved down. They were never, and could never be, owned by Edinburgh. Theyâ€™ll be devolved down again but legally they are in Londonâ€™s gift. If you have a country, thatâ€™s how it works. You may not wish to be part of UK, but win a referendum.â€�
I am grateful to Tim Shopman he has honestly told us the rue state of affairs read again
Powers were always owned by London and devolved down. They were never, and could never be, owned by Edinburgh. Theyâ€™ll be devolved down again but legally they are in Londonâ€™s gift.
No “Better Together” weasel words no “Precious Union” or pretense it is a Union of equals The truth is that London can if it suits them abolish the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly at a whim.
But from a Welsh point of view Scotland’s case was not helped by our Third Rate First Minister capitulation on the whole issue of the power grab in which he was backed by his Labour Party, The Tories, Ukip and Lib Demas in the
A reversal of the case in Holyrood where the Tories were the only party to support it.
But it led to the most pathetic excuse for a Scottish Liberal Democrat MP to abstain.
I think i leave it there.