- English MPs didn’t get a chance to watch England and Colombia’s World Cup match from the start, as Scottish MPs forced a series of votes in parliament.
- Read all of Business Insider’s World Cup coverage here.
Kick-off for England and Colombia’s FIFA World Cup soccer match was at 7 p.m. in the UK – but some English MPs didn’t get a chance to watch from the start.
That’s because, as The Mirror reported, Scottish National Party MPs forced a series of votes as it began, requiring the increasingly frustrated English politicians to remain at Parliament to vote on them.
A group of SNP MPs had objected to some routine motions at 7 p.m., preventing them from being passed without a formal vote.
Rumours had swirled in Westminster earlier in the day that the SNP had previously wanted to get up to some football-obstructing mischief. An unidentified source in the party previously told Scottish newspaper The National: “All I can say is that there are a couple of voteable motions up for consideration at about 7 p.m. in which we may have an interest.”
Some MPs vocally voiced their displeasure at the SNP MPs’ actions. According to The Mirror, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin asked: “Do you suppose that the Scottish National Party would be calling so many divisions this evening if it was Scotland playing an important football match this evening?”
In response, Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing reportedly voiced her “fervent hope that one day Scotland will be playing an important football match.”
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