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At 2.29 am, Messerschmidt told Jon Stephensen to sit down: 'Sit down', he shouted.

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 • 10:40 AM UTC - in Politics

At 2:29 am, Morten Messerschmidt interrupted Jon Stephensen's turn at the podium during the closing debate in the Danish Parliament: "Sit down," he barked.

Pia Kjærsgaard, the Danish People's Party founder, criticized the late-night session, stating, "I think this is getting a bit absurd. We've been sitting here since 9 pm, and we've been here since 3 am."

"We're not clear-headed, and we're legislating. It's serious business we're dealing with," she added.

When asked if it was acceptable for a parliamentarian to shout down another parliamentarian speaking at the podium, Messerschmidt replied:

"When I reacted to Jon Stephensen, it was in the context of the debate about Søren Pape Poulsen's departure and the subsequent agreement we made at Christiansborg about respecting each other's working hours. I found his intervention inappropriate. After 16 hours of debate, it's not in order to hold an unprepared speech where you philosophically ask members to study ceiling portraits of Greek gods. Not when you haven't shown any interest in participating in the debate, and there are votes again in 7 hours."

Morten Messerschmidt declined further comment.

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