After the contentious Holyrood vote, Starmer promises to support transgender self-identification.

After the contentious Holyrood vote, Starmer promises to support transgender self-identification.

The Scottish Parliament approved a self-identification system for those who wish to alter their gender by a vote of 86 to 39 on Thursday.

If Labour wins the next general election, Sir Keir Starmer has committed to reform the legislation to let transgender persons to self-declare their gender, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Despite warnings from detractors, the Labour leader has said that he would “reform” the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).

If a Sir Keir-led Labour government approved this amendment into law, it may imply that all of the UK’s laws now reflect the modifications made by the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

By making a declaration and getting a document called as a “Gender Recognition Certificate,” Holyrood’s law permits anyone as young as 16 to alter their legal gender (GRC).

People who apply for a GRC must, however, formally state that they are already living as their adopted gender and plan to do so indefinitely.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak termed the threat by Westminster ministers to obstruct the reforms made by the Scottish Parliament on Friday as “absolutely reasonable.”

As several Labour MSPs refused to endorse the modification, the party fell apart when they were forced to vote in favour of the Gender Recognition Bill on Thursday.

The Daily Telegraph claims that if elected in the next election, Sir Keir will legislate for comparable measures in England and Wales.

We are dedicated to revising the GRA to include self-declaration for trans persons, he said. 

Sir Keir has not yet addressed the debate around the Scottish referendum or whether he would support efforts to have the measure halted in Westminster.

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