SNP MP for Midlothian, Owen Thompson has received cross party support from MPs from all devolved nations for his Early Day Motion asking MPs to have more respect when debating issues relating directly to devolved nations.
Owen Thompson tabled the motion following Tory MP John Redwood filibustering through amendments relating to the devolved nations in Monday’s Brexit debate, to talk about English fishing policy – blocking SNP MPs from speaking.
The motion has been supported by Alisdair McDonald, Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for Belfast South and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and other SNP members.
Owen Thompson MP said:
“The disrespect and disdain shown to Scotland, and other devolved nations has been clear. But the constant ignorance during remarks from Tory MPs shows a much wider, worrying rhetoric of talking down to Scotland, flexing their imperialistic muscles.”
“Scotlands voice has been ignored long enough, we have a Tory Government that we didn’t vote for and we are about to be dragged out of the EU against our will. It is high time that Tory MPs respected the devolved nations and pay the most basic of courtesies to the MPs that represent those parts of the UK.”
The EDM reads:
EDM 922: RESPECTING THE NATIONS (Session: 2016-17. Date tabled: 06.02.2017)
That this House recognises and respects the unique identities of each of the Nations of these islands; further recognises the importance of clarity when debating important matters that relate to each of our unique countries; and agrees that every effort should be made by hon. Members to bring clarity to debate by not confusing Britain with England, thereby raising the level of debate in this House.