Ruth Davidson warns Theresa May to change course on Brexit

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has dismissed reports that Scots Tories might "break away" from the main United Kingdom party.

Ms Davidson also called on Nicola Sturgeon to drop her demands for a second referendum on Scottish independence, claiming it had proved to be "a massive political miscalculation" which had cost SNP MPs their seats.

He said: "Instead of people shouting from the opposition benches around these issues, you've got a bunch of people elected as Scottish Conservatives, right in the party of government, who can take those arguments and ensure when a Brexit deal is negotiated, it is the interests of Scottish fishing that are right at the forefront".

She said: "I want to make sure that Scottish businesses can trade as freely as possible with the other 27 countries in the European Union as well as the other countries around the world". They came after Davidson said that she had received assurances from Theresa May that there would be no movement on gay rights if the Tories strike a deal with Northern Ireland's socially conservative Democratic Unionist party.

The Scottish Daily Telegraph's Alan Cochrane said: "The story was impeccably sourced and I stand by every word".

"I think we can have a tremendous amount of leverage".

Meanwhile, Davidson said she has received assurances from Theresa May over gay rights if the Tories strike a deal with the DUP.

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The DUP opposes same-sex marriage and Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where it is not legal.

He also said Ms Davidson was "absolutely not" interested in a move to Westminster despite being tipped as a future leader of the United Kingdom party, insisting that she was "totally focused" on becoming First Minister of Scotland in 2021.

Having run on a campaign calling for a much softer Brexit than Mrs May, it has led to speculation Ms Davidson would move her branch of the party away from central control.

They are opposed to LGBTI equality at large and have been holding up same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, although there is a majority for it.

Ms Davidson said: "I was fairly straightforward with her and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than party".

"At the same time we must in my view seek to deliver an open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts our country's economic growth first".

Her comments have been interpreted as a warning to May that Scottish Tory MPs could withdraw their support for the government if it continues to push for a hard Brexit.

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