Britain's Brexit offer may change, Scottish Conservative leader says
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 23:18
Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has reacted to the party's poor nationwide election performance with a call for Tories to re-think plans for Brexit, raising the prospect of a rebellion north of the border.
May, who is seeking a deal to pass legislation with a small Northern Irish party, is eight seats short of an outright parliamentary majority.
"What's really clear is that the Conservative Party, having failed to win a majority, now needs to work with others".
Davidson is not a Westminster lawmaker but spearheaded her party's Scottish election campaign.
"The election result was a comprehensive rejection of the Tory plans for an extreme Brexit - and single market membership must now be back on the table", he said.
The Scottish Conservative leader held a private meeting with Theresa May and attended a meeting of the political cabinet to hammer out the party's position on Brexit, following its failure to secure a majority.
'It is about making sure that we put free trade at the heart of what it is we seek to achieve as we leave'.
She declined to comment further on Monday.
"What we have said is that we are going to deliver on the wishes of the British public and that was to retake control of borders and laws", May's spokesman said.
Ms Davidson, who was a high-profile Remain campaigner ahead of the European Union referendum, wants the United Kingdom to keep the "largest amount of access" to the single market after Brexit.
The Scottish National Party won 35 of Scotland's 59 seats in Britain's 650-seat parliament in the June 8 election.
Ms Davidson's performance in leading the party to its best result in Scotland since 1983 has seen her mentioned as a possible successor to Mrs May - although she does not now have a seat in the House of Commons.
Mrs Davidson's calls for cooperation were echoed by Nicola Sturgeon, who warned that "everything has changed" in the wake of the election and said the government had lost its mandate for a "hard Brexit".