Indyref2 partnership with Scottish Greens may be too much for SNP, says Nicola Sturgeon.
A political expert claims that NICOLA STURGEON’S planned Indyref2 partnership between her own Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Greens may be “too much” for her party.
After seven different complaints concerning donations to the SNP were submitted to the police on Tuesday, the first of which was filed by a pro-independence activist in March, the police opened a formal investigation into the party’s finances.
Since 2017, the SNP has raised almost £660,000 through fundraising websites for the “specific purpose of a referendum campaign,” but according to its most current reports, the SNP only has £96,000 remaining at the end of 2019. In May, MP Douglas Chapman resigned as the party’s treasurer, stating he had not been provided the information he required to do his job successfully. This followed the resignations of three members of the SNP’s Finance and Audit committee, who said they had been denied access to the accounts.
Joanna Cherry, Chapman’s MP colleague, resigned from the governing National Executive Committee a few days later, claiming that she was prohibited from strengthening the party’s “transparency” and “scrutiny.”
Ms. Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, is keen for a second referendum on Scottish independence before 2023, and she even initiated formal talks with the Scottish Greens in May on a government cooperation arrangement in the hopes of securing a pro-independence majority at Holyrood.
In an arrangement that is unlikely to lead to a full coalition, the Scottish National Party and Scottish Greens may collaborate on climate policy in exchange for the Greens supporting Ms Sturgeon’s budget plans and voting in favor of Indyref2.
However, the parties have considerable political disagreements, with Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove accusing them of being “anti-jobs” and “anti-Aberdeen.”
“Endorsing the notion of some form of coalition with the Scottish Greens may possibly be too much for most Nats,” the Telegraph’s Scottish editor Alan Cochrane wrote.
“Indeed, it should be. According to Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister for almost everything, the Greens are opposed to almost everything that would benefit Scotland.
“They were opposed to further development of North Sea oil fields, and because Scotland need a range of accessible energy sources, they were effectively anti-economic growth,” he said.
“He claimed they were anti-jobs and bad for Aberdeen,” Brinkwire Summary News reported.