Focus Brexit on economy, Scottish Conservatives urge British PM

Scottish members of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives want Brexit talks to move away from a focus on control of immigration and back onto the economy, a source close to party's Scottish leader Ruth Davidson said.

"I don't want to see the Brexit deal going through (Britain's national parliament) the House of Commons with a majority of one, I want to see it going through the House of Commons with support across parties", Mundell told BBC Scotland.

But the Conservatives failed to win 326 seats in the general election - the number needed to have an outright majority.

While the Tories haemorrhaged seats across the United Kingdom, the Scottish Conservatives had huge success.

Scottish Tory sources say Davidson will use her authority by asking all 13 MPs, including the Scottish secretary, David Mundell, to "champion the Scottish national interest" both at Westminster and inside the government. This is an increase from just one seat in 2015.

As it turned out, the Tories lost their majority, being able to hang on to office thanks only to gains by Davidson's branch of the party in Scotland.

She has been asked repeatedly since a disastrous election that saw the SNP lose 21 MPs, including Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson, the party's Westminster leader, if she will now take indyref2 off her agenda. This is in stark contrast of his criticism of May, whom he called a " dead woman walking".

Of course, as a Scottish politician, hoping one day to lead a nation which voted by a majority to Remain, Davidson's status as an unwavering "inner" is necessary.

The new group met in Stirling at the weekend to discuss how to approach policies in a new political landscape with the UK Tories running a minority administration propped up by Arlene Foster's DUP.

Ms Davidson is also among Tories raising concerns about Ms May's potential partner, the DUP, and the party's record on gay rights. Davidson, who is gay, responded by tweeting a link to a speech she gave on the importance of equal marriage.

Although she campaigned for "remain" during the European Union referendum, the prime minister ended up pushing for a "hard Brexit" - relinquishing access to the Single Market in lieu for full control over immigration. Something that would entail a "soft Brexit".

However, Davidson is not expected to call on every member of her Scottish group to vote as a bloc on other United Kingdom wide or global matters, such as social or moral issues, or the trade, immigration or treaty parts of the Brexit deal. But while she might be a straight-talking, sweary breath of fresh air for some, her refusal to get behind the Brexit vote puts her squarely against the United Kingdom majority, and on the side of the Remainer anti-democrats.

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