Thursday 17 January 2019

WATCH: 'Put it back!' - moment Labour MP grabs mace halting British Parliament

Parliament TV

Lloyd Russell-Moyle "acted on the spur of the moment" when he picked up the ceremonial mace in protest at the Government's handling of Brexit. The mace is the symbol of royal authority and without it neither the Commons or Lords can meet or pass laws.

He was thrown out the House of Commons after he held the mace aloft and marched towards the Commons doors, where he was stopped by officials.

Speaking from the Red Lion pub just outside Parliament, the Labour MP said he was frustrated by the Government:

"The symbolic gesture of lifting the mace and removing it is that the will of Parliament to govern is no longer, it has been removed, and I felt Parliament had effectively given up its sovereign right to govern properly.

"If we don't sort out our constitutional settlement so that governments can't do this in the future we do need to keep lodging these protests."

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