Labour MP booted out of Commons after Brexit mace protest

Elias Hubbard
December 11, 2018

Bercow then ordered Russell-Moyle out of the chamber, barring him from the rest of the day's sitting - which was already close to completion.

The mace has been seized on a handful of occasions in history, including during the English Civil War, and more recently by Michael Hesseltine in 1976.

He remained in the chamber looking at the Speaker and said nothing as MPs gasped. No, no, no. Order, order.

The parliamentary mace symbolises royal authority, so without it the House can not meet or pass laws.

Mr Russell-Moyle initially refused the order and remained in the House before Mr Bercow said: "No, no he must leave or be escorted, he should leave" - at which he left.

Russell-Moyle was met with an angry uproar as fellow MPs shouted at him to "put it back".

In 2009, Labour's John McDonnell - now the Shadow Chancellor was suspended from the Commons for five days after he picked up the mace during heated exchanges on the Government's decision to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow.

"It was clearly a symbolic protest against what the government is doing."One lifts the mace to demonstrate the government no longer has the mandate to govern".

"I felt Parliament had effectively given up its sovereign right to govern properly".

"The Prime Minister's deal should come before the House of Commons immediately so that it can be voted down and we can replace Tory chaos with a solution that will protect jobs, living standards and Scotland's place in Europe".

And she said that MPs who were threatening to vote against the deal she secured with Brussels must ask themselves the fundamental question: "Does this House want to deliver Brexit?"

If the answer was yes, she said that they needed to consider whether they were prepared to make "compromises" in order to make good on the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU.

The Scottish National Party leader said her MPs would back the opposition in any attempt to oust Mrs May from Downing Street.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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