The SNP MP told Jacob Rees-Mogg he believed the House will soon lose confidence in him unless he agreed to MPs debating the nature of MPs’ virtual participation in Parliament. Mr Sheppard also claimed Brexit is a “tragedy” for the UK as he reiterated his party’s bid to split the country with a second independence referendum in Scotland. But the House of Commons leader blasted in response: “It’s never difficult to tell the difference between a member of the SNP with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.
“It seems to me that the cloud across any ray of sunshine can always be provided by the Honourable Gentleman.
“And what does he say today? He says that a debate of over two hours is undemocratic.
“It was undemocratic to have a debate. That I think is an unusual view to hold.
“And then he thinks that a democratic vote of 52 percent of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is a disaster.
“He seems only to like the votes that he wins!
“But the SNP, fortunately, don’t win votes across the United Kingdom at large, most importantly the vote in 2014.”
He added: “He should be asking for a debate in the £2billion extra announced in the spending review yesterday that is going to Scotland. He should be celebrating the fact that £1,633 extra is attributed to public spending per capita in Scotland against the United Kingdom’s average.
“And he should celebrate the fact that £8.2billion in taxpayers money has gone to Scotland to help them fight the coronavirus.
“The evidence is that the United Kingdom is extraordinary strong as a single United Kingdom with taxpayers coming together to help one another.
“But I noticed that he carefully avoided the fact, when he spoke about the House’s confidence, that in Scotland confidence may be heading away.
“I notice the SNP lost a vote in the Scottish Parliament yesterday, over publishing the legal advice given to the Scottish Government on the judicial review brought by Alex Salmond.
“Well they were very happy to vote for the Attorney General to release his advice here around a humble address.
“Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, or are they just turkeys waiting for Christmas?”
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