‘Childish’ Scottish National Party MP Drew Henry was today suspended from the House of Commons for refusing to sit down and bellowing ‘outrage’ as the Brexit bill was approved.
Mr Hendrey, the SNP’s business spokesman, shouted ‘this is an outrage’ as proceedings on the UK Internal Market Bill came to a conclusion following a lengthy parliamentary battle in recent weeks.
Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton told Mr Hendry to resume his seat but the MP refused before proceeding to pick up the parliamentary mace and walk towards the door of the chamber.
He was stopped by the doorkeepers, who took the mace from him.
MP Drew Hendrey (pictured), the SNP’s business spokesman, shouted ‘this is an outrage’ as proceedings on the UK Internal Market Bill came to a conclusion following a lengthy parliamentary battle in recent weeks
MPs could be heard describing Mr Hendry’s actions as ‘outrageous’ and referring to it as ‘another boring stunt’.
Dame Rosie remarked that it was ‘very childish’, before undertaking the formal procedure of ‘naming’ Mr Hendry in order to suspend him from the House for the day’s sitting.
The mace is the symbol of royal authority and without it neither House can meet or pass laws.
The SNP’s Mike Russell, the Constitution Secretary for the Scottish Government, praised Mr Hendry for ‘speaking truth to power’.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Congratulations to him.
‘The Bill is undemocratic and undermines the rights of all Scottish & Welsh citizens. Legislative consent has been rejected by @ScotParl & @SeneddWales.
‘The Tory UK Government should have withdrawn it.’
Deputy Speaker Dame Rosie Winterton (pictured) told Mr Hendry to resume his seat but the MP refused before proceeding to pick up the parliamentary mace and walk towards the door of the chamber
The Bill sets out how trade within the UK will operate post-Brexit, but critics feared the legislation in its original form represented a power grab by Westminster at the expense of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Following a number of defeats by the House of Lords and extensive debate and negotiations, the Government had a rethink and made changes that will allow the devolved administrations agreed divergence from internal market rules through so-called common frameworks.
During the earlier debate, as MPs discussed the concessions before signing off the Bill, Mr Hendry warned: ‘The only reason for this Bill as it now stands is to demolish devolution.
MPs could be heard describing Mr Hendry’s (pictured) actions as ‘outrageous’ and referring to it as ‘another boring stunt’
‘If the Government takes this Bill forward today, as they obviously will, that is what they will be doing.’
He added: ‘People in Scotland when they see the effects of this Bill will be angry about the fact that their rights are being taken away by these Tory ministers aided by their Labour bedfellows.
‘They will be furious about the fact that their rights are being stripped from them and they’re listening and they’re watching and they’re seeing developments in this place and they’re understanding now that the only way to protect their Parliament, to protect their rights, to protect their democracy in Scotland is to go forward as an independent nation and they’ll be voting for that I’m sure in due course.’
In a statement released after his ejection from the chamber, said: ‘Throughout the entire passage of the Bill in Westminster the Tories have demonstrated their utter disrespect for the devolved governments.
‘They have ignored our voice and democratic decisions.
‘The UK Internal Market Bill is nothing short of a naked power grab that will take a wrecking ball to the devolution settlement.
‘This dangerous piece of legislation will enable Westminster ministers to have the right to override the decisions of the Scottish Parliament by imposing lower food, environmental and other devolved standards on Scotland – regardless of the view of Holyrood.
‘It undermines devolved policy making, grabs spending powers and removes state aid from being a devolved responsibility. It needs to be ditched.’
It comes after Boris Johnson described devolution as a ‘disaster’ in a video call with 60 MPs last month.
‘Devolution has been a disaster north of the border,’ he said, adding that it was former prime minister Mr Blair’s ‘biggest mistake’ when it was introduced in the late 1990s.
Alarm has been growing in Westminster at the surge in support for independence, with one recent poll putting it at 58 per cent.
Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and Brexit tensions have been credited with the shift.
But the inability of unionists to mobilise and get across their messages about the benefits of keeping the centuries-old alliance has also been identified as a problem.