‘Enthusiasm for independence is dying’ – SNP MPs SLAMMED for House of Commons protest

Posted on Jun 15 2018 - 7:54am by admin

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in Parliament, was ejected from the Commons after repeatedly refusing to sit down while protesting the allocation of just 15 minutes in the Chamber to debate the issue of a “power grab” by Whitehall.

Ms Oakeshott criticised the SNP MPs’ move and claimed it was borne out of an anger over the dwindling enthusiasm for Scottish independence.

She said: “I’m never in sympathy with the SNP, I want this country to stay together.

“I’m not impressed by their amateur dramatics in the House of Commons, and I think the SNP is just sore because they realise enthusiasm for independence is dying.”

Rebel Conservative MP Dominic Grieve concurred with Ms Oakeshott, but acknowledged the issue of Parliamentary timetabling was a serious concern.

Commenting on the protest, he said: “It was histrionics and they shouldn’t have done it that way.

“There were other ways in which they could have registered their protest.”

Yet he noted: “The SNP had a point, the programming was inadequate and didn’t provide enough time to debate issues which were of importance to them.”

Ms Oakeshott’s opposition to the SNP protest was nevertheless rejected by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, who expressed her sympathy and solidarity with the SNP over their treatment in Parliament.

She said: “I have sympathy for the SNP and I stand in solidarity with their move.

“Powers have been grabbed from our national institutions in Scotland and Wales.

“Brexit is being used an opportunity to take powers back.”

When questioned by BBC Question Time presenter David Dimbleby over the Government’s pledge to return powers to the devolved administrations following their repatriation to the UK, Ms Wood expressed her doubt.

She said: “Well that is what they are saying but I don’t trust the Tories at all.

“We should not be in a situation where we have to defend our National Assembly against a power grab from Westminster, it’s outrageous and we should all be very angry about it.”

Despite her criticism for the Conservative Government in Westminster, she also expressed her anger at the Labour Government in Wales.

She said: “I’m very disappointed in the Labour Government in Wales because they signed up to an agreement with the Tories that has enabled this power grab.

“Just as they failed to properly oppose Theresa May in Westminster, they’ve failed to oppose this move.”

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