By Ben Kerrigan-
Prime minister’s questions today degenerated into a descended into a shambles occasion, as the SNP’s leader in Westminster was expelled from the chamber and his party performed a mass walkout.
The SNP MP Ian Blackford was disruptive through his attempt to hold a vote in the Commons over what he described as a power grab in connection with the EU Withdrawal bill. “that this House sit in private” over what he claimed was a power grab over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
The SNP benches cleared the chamber, whilst Tory and Nationalist MPs taunted each other in the typical school playground manner.
Mr Blackford demanded an immediate vote on the House sitting in private to discuss last night’s move by the Conservative Government over decisions made on the powers of the Scottish Parliament without debate.
His expulsion from the Commons by John Bercow, the Speaker, was immediately followed out by his fellow MPs. The entire scene was an embarrassment to the Commons, whose Mp are supposed to act like big men and women, instead of descending to behaviour tantamount to throwing childlike tantrums. Bercow’s decision to expel childish Blackford was legitimate, he need not be not be taught how to conduct himself as a politician, particularly in front of the cameras.
The commotion came as MPs prepared for a second day of Brexit clashes on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Several key votes will be taken on plans by peers for membership of the single market and the customs union.
The prime minister’s question session was also used by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to attack Theresa May about the known divisions Brexit as he attempted to highlight divisions within the Conservative party. Corbyn took a swipe at the prime minister, as he mockingly asked whether she has invited U.S president, Donald Trump, to take control of the negotiations in Brussels. This was a sarcastic reference to leaked comments made by Boris Johnson at a private dinner last week.
That wouldn’t have gone down well with Theresa May, who must be very displeased with her Foreign Secretary, known for jumping the gun when it comes to expressing his views. Johnson shares certain traits with Donald Trump in the sense of speaking his mind whatever the consequences or likely review and implications of those statements.