Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

"Hard Brexit" plan is dead in the water - Scotland's Sturgeon


But sources close to the Scottish Tory leader believe this is only the beginning of Davidson asserting herself on the United Kingdom stage, and May must acknowledge Davidson's group is bigger than the 10 DUP MPs the prime minister hopes to rely on to cling to power.

But Tory rebels have begun to call for a cross-party commission to oversee Brexit talks, which could leave to the United Kingdom staying in the single market.

The calls came in the wake of 2015's Brexit referendum, which Scottish voters overwhelmingly rejected, but will be forced to accept as long as they remain part of the UK.

"The Tories' hard Brexit plan has been rejected and we can not allow the Brexit negotiations to become hostage to the inability of either the Tories or Labour to command a clear majority".

EU Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker has also expressed hopes there will be no delays.

"The strongest possible position in the Brexit negotiations will be one that is backed by all parties and all governments across the UK".

That is unlikely, however it Mr Rennie's approach is a clear sign that the reflection of the SNP is not moving quickly enough to assuage the anti-indyref2 parties at Holyrood. However, let us put this into some perspective in the cool light of day.

But Theresa May has been warned that it would be "absolutely unacceptable" to water down her Brexit objectives following the General Election result.

But Steve Crowther, who is standing in as Ukip leader following Paul Nuttall's resignation, said an end to freedom of movement must be secured in the Brexit talks.

A former charity and voluntary sector coordinator, Mrs Whiteford succeeded Alex Salmond as the Banff and Buchan MP in 2010, when she was made the party's work and pensions spokeswoman. The young and innocent start to vote for Labour, blissfully unaware of how their last two governments brought Britain to the brink of bankruptcy.

Davidson's forthright sense of humor also makes her different. "If the Conservative-DUP Government thinks it can backslide on this, it will rapidly find that it is mistaken". The SNP finished on 35 seats - a majority of the 59 Scottish constituencies but a drop of 21 from the 56 they won in 2015.

Re-elected group leader at Westminster after being returned in Moray with a majority of more than 9,000 two years ago, won plaudits for his performances in prime minister's questions, with many commentators describing him as the "real opposition leader".

Among the names being touted are Tommy Shephard, Stephen Gethins and Hannah Bardell.

As Britain risked political deadlock after May's gamble on a snap election left her short of a majority in Britain's parliament, election losses by the Scottish National Party (SNP) undermined Sturgeon's bid for a second independence vote.

Whether their willingness to remain part of the European Union would be a strong enough argument to trigger a separation from the United Kingdom remained uncertain, however, when Sturgeon launched the new referendum attempt last summer.

"Now it's time to get back to what matters to the people of Scotland - that's sorting out our schools, growing our economy and looking at our public services".

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