The Prime Minister was defending her Brexit deal with the European Union as MPs started debating the agreement before the meaningful vote on December 11. SNP MP Angus MacNeil was mocked in the Commons by the Speaker John Bercow as he tried to make a point of order during the debate. Conservative MP Vicky Ford had interrupted the Labour Party leader, claiming if he voted down the Prime Minister’s agreement it could lead the UK to a Brexit no deal.
She said: “The EU leaders have made it clear, it is this deal or no deal. Does he realise that it will be his vote that pushes us into no deal because that is what it is asking us to go for.”
The SNP MP attempted to make his point of order before he was mocked by the Speaker.
Mr MacNeil said: “Mr Speaker, I distinctly heard Donald Tusk over the weekend saying the options are no Brexit, no deal or this deal.
“So to say it is a binary choice is not right.”
The Speaker replied: “I am extraordinarily grateful for the honourable gentleman’s annunciation.
“But, that intervention suffers from one disadvantage, and that is that it wasn’t even tangential to being a point of order.
“The honourable gentleman and points of order are not even nodding acquaintances in my experience.”
Some MPs in the House of Commons were heard chuckling at the brutal swipe from Mr Bercow.
It comes as the Prime Minister defended her Brexit agreement with the European Union in the House of Commons.
She said: “The referendum was a vote to bring our EU membership to an end and create a new role for our country in the world.
“To deliver on our vote, we need to deliver a Brexit that respects the decision of the British people.
“A Brexit that takes back control of our borders, laws and money, and a Brexit that sets ourselves on course for a better future outside the EU as a globally trading nation, in charge of our own destiny, and ceasing the opportunities of trade with some of the fasting growing and most dynamic economies across the world.”