Sunday, 25 June, 2017

UK Conservatives need to deliver an 'open' Brexit - Scotland leader

DUP leader Arlene Foster with MP's at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast after Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will work with Election results: Prime Minister Corbyn, Theresa May resigns or a coalition of chaos – the possible outcomes
Julia Daniel | 10 June, 2017, 17:38

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received [them]".

Senior Tory MSP Murdo Fraser - who argued for a separate Scottish organisation when standing for the Scottish leadership against Ms Davidson - said he had been assured "there was not a lot of truth" in reports of plans for a separate party.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage is still illegal.

She told the BBC's Reporting Scotland programme that she had spoken about the issue with Theresa May on Friday evening.

"The Prime Minister has made it clear it is her duty to get on with the job in hand and I support all efforts to do so", she said. "One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights", Davidson said.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescinding of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, and that we would try to use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland".

Interestingly, Davidson has claimed that Theresa May has 'agreed to try to use her influence to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland'.

The DUP, which returned 10 MPs to Westminster, has garnered a reputation for its strong and controversial views on a number of social issues.

In November 2015, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted in favour of same-sex marriage, but the DUP blocked the motion after controversially stating there was a "petition of concern".

A spokesman said he is discussing with the DUP "how best they can provide support" to Theresa May's Government, Downing Street said.

Ruth Davidson has given Sinn Fein- and Jeremy Corbyn- a stick with which to beat the fledgling Conservative-DUP partnership in its infancy period.

"It is incumbent on us to listen to other parties in parliament and to people outside it about the best way forward", she told reporters.

"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result".

The Scottish Tory leader hopes to convince the DUP to allow same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland.

One MP is a devout climate change denier, while a former MP once called for creationism - the belief that human life did not evolve over millions of years but was created by God - to be taught alongside evolution in science classes.

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