Nicola Sturgeon has warned the Conservatives that their lack of respect for the Scottish parliament will never be forgotten.
The First Minister was responding to what some of her own MPs had called a disgrace after they were denied the opportunity to defend the devolution settlement against the Westminster Power Grab.
The House of Commons witnessed angry scenes when it emerged only fifteen minutes was being allowed to debate the effects of the UK government’s Withdrawal Bill on devolution. Anger became fury when a Tory minister used up all of the alloted time, thus ensuring no Scottish MP could be heard.
The result of the extraordinary episode means that the UK government will now seize control of powers controlled by Holyrood and legislate without the Scottish parliament’s consent.
Responding, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “The Tories couldn’t have made it any clearer today that they have no respect for @ScotParl. Never again will the line that Scotland is an equal partner in Westminster system be believed. The decision to act without our consent, and the manner of doing it, will not be forgotten.”
The SNP leader at Westminster complained that Scotland’s voice had been “no adequate time for debate”. Ian Blackford, who faced attempts by Tory MPs to shout him down, said that “Scotland’s voice has been shut out”.
Following the proceedings, several SNP MPs reacted furiously.
Stewart Hosie MP tweeted: “There is less than one minute to go in the “debate” on #Brexit and devolved powers. The only speech that will be heard is from the Tory minister. Disgrace.”
Colleague Hannah Bardell MP tweeted: “A democratic outrage and exactly why the Westminster system is so desperately broken.”
The Scottish government’s Brexit Minister Michael Russell posted a scathing tweet: “No one who believes in democracy can do anything other than recoil with horror from a system which does not permit any debate at all on the devolved consequences of #Brexit. @GovUK is a travesty and a disgrace. How can any meaningful negotiation take place after that?”
Commenting later, Michael Russell said devolution was “being treated with contempt by the UK government”. The Scottish government Brexit Minister said things now had to change.
He added: “The reality is that we can’t carry on with devolution as it is now, because devolution is being treated with contempt by the UK government.
“All the systems that are meant to work are clearly of no importance to them. So over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at ways in which we can say, look, we’ve got to find a new arrangement here because this present arrangement does not work.”
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