Ian Blackford Westminster’s SNP leader has called Boris Johnson a “zombie prime minister” and said he must go and be held to account.
Opposition leaders and many MPs have called for Johnson to resign after losing the Supreme Court case on Tuesday.
Blackford told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme, “This is unprecedented in our parliamentary history.
“The government is trying to brush this off as just an inconvenience, it simply isn’t good enough.
“He has shut down parliament in a manner which is unlawful and, he needs to be held to account for that. They really have to accept responsibility as to why they have behaved in a manner which is unlawful.
“When you put this into a broader context that this is a zombie prime minister, a zombie government, doesn’t have a majority, he’s lost six votes in the short time that he’s been prime minister, he needs to go. We need to have a general election.”
Blackford added, “There is an opportunity for the opposition to come together to recognise this is a government that’s run its course, a prime minister that doesn’t have a mandate and we should be ending his tenure in 10 Downing Street.
“We need to make sure we can remove him but in a manner which is safe, and we can do that by having a motion of no confidence where we can seize the initiative and we can move quickly to have an election, safe in the knowledge that the extension to the Article 50 process is going to be granted.
“I want the people of Scotland to be able to reject this Tory government and for us to be able to take responsibility for our own future and to send a very clear message to Westminster.”