A Scottish Conservative MP has called into question the authority of Ruth Davidson by openly laughing at suggestions he had to clear key House of Commons Brexit votes with her.
Ross Thomson was being interviewed by John Beattie who asked the MP if he had to clear his ‘Hard Brexit’ stance with his Scottish Conservative leader.
The MP for Aberdeen South gave a loud condescending laugh before adding: “I don’t clear anything with anybody”.
Thomson was being quizzed by the BBC Scotland presenter following key votes on Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Earlier the MP made clear his view that the so-called ‘Chequers Plan’ was not what people had voted for during the EU referendum.
Pressed on his Hard Brexit stance that contrasted with that of Ruth Davidson, The Scottish Tory MP said: “There’s no such thing as a hard Brexit, there’s just Brexit.
“This whole terminology about soft and hard is nonsense there is Brexit and there is doing it properly, which is the people voted to leave the Customs Union & the Single Market, the control and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and take back control of our borders.”
“And the compromise plan that we have from Chequers doesn’t achieve any of those.”
Last week Ruth Davidson issued a statement backing the Chequers Plan. Speaking on Reporting Scotland the Scottish Conservative leader ended a self-imposed media exile and urged the party to speak with one voice.
The comments from one of her own MPs will now raise questions as to the authority Davidson wields within her party north of the border. It also piles pressure on BBC Scotland to pursue the MSP who last year reporters claimed “wields more power than ever” at Westminster.
However thus far the broadcaster is showing no signs of lowering its resistence to questioning the Scottish Conservative leader on issues that could potentially dent her image.
Despite Ross Thomson appearing on Reporting Scotland hours after laughing off suggestions he had to clear votes with Ruth Davidson, there was no mention of the difficulties facing his Scottish Conservative leader over her party’s Brexit splits.
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