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NICOLA STURGEON has announced the proposal for her massive new coalition pact with the Scottish Greens, bringing Scotland one step closer to another divisive independence referendum.
Since the SNP fell short of an overall majority in Holyrood by by one seat in the recent election on May 6, the SNP has been in talks with the Scottish Greens. The agreement will give pro-independence Scots a 72-seat majority in Holyrood, seven more than the required 65. After the country voted against an independent Scotland in 2014, this new system will give a majority to vote in a second independence referendum.
The SNP claims that the new parliament’s term will provide an opportunity to create a “fairer, greener, and more independent Scotland.”
This historic agreement would also put the Greens in power in the UK for the first time.
The SNP has run a minority government with the Greens for the past five years in order to approve the annual budget.
Sturgeon will select Green co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater as ministers, it was confirmed yesterday.
Harvie, a Glasgow MSP, has been appointed Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel, and Tenants’ Rights, where he will collaborate with the Housing Secretary and the Net Zero Secretary.
Ms Sturgeon is anticipated to confirm her ambition to organize a second independence referendum once the COVID-19 pandemic is over after releasing the specifics of the arrangement with the Greens today.
“Scotland sorely needs new hope, but with the Greens now signed up to support the SNP at every turn, Scotland is now stuck with the status quo,” said Alex Cole-Hamilton, the new Liberal Democrat leader.
“We must combat the climate crisis with zeal, but without the baggage of nationalism.
“The world does not have time for the new nationalist coalition to take us back to the past’s all-consuming divisive constitutional debates.”
In her speech to Holyrood, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the SNP’s alliance with the Scottish Greens by making a series of major environmental policy commitments.
“We will devote at least 10% of the Scottish government’s entire travel budget to active travel — cycling, walking, and wheeling,” Ms Sturgeon added.
“We will greatly enhance public transportation investment.
“We will seek to reduce its emissions and make it more accessible – for example, by committing to free bus travel for young people.” Brinkwire Summary News.