Nicola Sturgeon is on the verge of holding a second referendum after the SNP secured a majority in favor of independence.

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Nicola Sturgeon is on the verge of holding a second referendum after the SNP secured a majority in favor of independence.

NICOLA Sturgeon is on the verge of clinching a deal with the Scottish Greens that might allow a referendum bill to be pushed through the Scottish Parliament, paving the way for a second independence referendum.

The power-sharing plan was adopted by the Scottish Government Cabinet yesterday, based on similar arrangements the New Zealand Greens have with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Both parties, who favor a second referendum on independence, have been in talks since May, when the SNP came up one seat short of an outright majority in the Holyrood election.

The new agreement, which must yet be accepted by Scottish Green members and the SNP’s National Executive Committee, will put the Greens in national government for the first time in the United Kingdom.

The proposed agreement is comparable to one struck between Labour and the Lib Dems during the first two years of the Scottish Parliament, when Jack McConnell was First Minister from 2001 to 2007.

Following a nomination procedure, two Green MSPs will be appointed as Scottish Government junior ministers, bringing the total number of pre-separation MSPs in Holyrood to 72, seven more than the 65 required for a majority.

Although the two will not create a formal coalition, the agreement will allow them to collaborate on crucial problems such as the climate emergency, economic recovery, child poverty, the natural environment, and energy.

Green MSPs would also back the Scottish Government in confidence votes and annual budgets if the common policy programme is given “adequate finance.”

Both parties will pledge to conducting a second referendum on Scottish independence after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed within the current parliamentary term, according to the draft policy program known as the Bute House Agreement.

It will also see the establishment of two new Scottish Government abroad offices in Warsaw and Copenhagen to promote Scotland’s interests in Central Europe and the Nordic countries, a move that the Scottish Conservatives have branded a “waste of Scottish taxpayers’ money.”

Furthermore, the agreement will back the Scottish Government’s position that oil and gas licenses should be evaluated rather than cancelled.

Ms Sturgeon was chastised earlier this month for her perceived lack of zeal in opposing the contentious Cambo oil development off Shetland.

“Brinkwire Summary News” describes the field, which has the potential to produce more than 800.

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