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Boris Johnson likened to Monty Python’s ‘Black Knight’ after confidence vote

Mr Blackford stated: “Week after week I’ve known as on this Prime Minister to resign. I’ve been met with a wall of noise from the Tory benches. I believed they have been attempting to shout me down… when all this time it seems that 41 per cent of them have been cheering me on.

“Let’s be clear, no less than the numbers do not lie. Forty-one per cent of his personal MPs don’t have any confidence in him. Sixty-six (per cent) of MPs throughout the House do not help him, and 97 per cent of Scottish MPs need the minister for the union proven the door.

“We now have a lame-duck Prime Minister presiding over a divided party in a disunited kingdom. How does the Prime Minister expect to continue when even unionist leaders in Scotland won’t back him?”

The Prime Minister thanked Mr Blackford for his “characteristic warm words”, including: “The greatest and strongest and efficient advocate of the United Kingdom over the … time that I’ve been in … has been that man there.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to last here as leader of the SNP … long may he rest in place.”

Delusion and denial

The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP replied: “The Prime Minister is acting like Monty Python’s black knight, running around declaring it’s just a flesh wound. And no amount of delusion and denial will save the Prime Minister from the truth: this story won’t go away until he goes away.”

He requested: “Can the Prime Minister tell us how it is democratic that Scotland is struck with a Prime Minister we don’t trust, a Conservative Party we don’t support, and Tory governments we haven’t voted for since 1955?”

Mr Johnson stated: “We had a referendum, as I’ve instructed the House earlier than, in 2014. I believe he ought to respect the mandate of the folks.

“He keeps saying he wants independence for his country. Our country is independent… and the only way that independence would ever be reversed would be if we had the disaster of a Labour-SNP coalition to take us back into the EU.”

Labour former minister Dame Angela Eagle stated that the week’s occasions had “demonstrated just how loathed this Prime Minister is, and that’s only in his own party”.

She added: “As his administration is too distracted by its internal divisions to deal with the challenges we face, can the Prime Minister explain if 148 of his own backbenchers don’t trust him, why on earth should the country?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I can guarantee her in an extended political career thus far – barely begun – I’ve in fact picked up political opponents throughout and that’s as a result of this Government has accomplished some very huge and really outstanding issues which they did not essentially approve of.

“And what I want her to know is that absolutely nothing and no-one, least of all her, is going to stop us with getting on delivering for the British people.”

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