I know they generally revolt but might they be about to do something good for Scotland? There are 111 powers which the current Brexit legislation would transfer directly to Westminster. A recent Survation poll showed that 62% of Scots want them to come home automatically:
Exactly the same figure as in the vote! No converts to either side? See this for the full list:
However, according to the Daily Torygraph yesterday:
‘David Davis is preparing to redraft parts of the Government’s Brexit legislation in order to head off a revolt by Scottish Conservative MPs and the Scottish National Party. The Brexit Secretary has conceded that the Withdrawal Bill will have to be amended to address concerns that the current version of the legislation would result in a “power grab” by Whitehall.’
We’ve already had the story that the Scottish Tories were solely responsible for the Police and Fire services VAT u-turn by the chancellor and the story of the nice young Tory MP, Douglas Ross, supporting the WASPI case on pensions for women born in the 50s. Having fallen back into third place in Scottish voting intention polls and noting the Survation poll results, the Scottish Tories do need all the help they can get. However, as the DUP prove themselves unreliable and unpredictable (unless you know the Old Testament very well) does Tory Central realise they need to ensure the loyalty of their Scottish branch more than they thought they did? The question is, just how many of the 111 powers matter to the Scottish Tories?