Scottish Independence

"The Scottish Green Party, which is committed to making popular democracy a reality at the national, regional and local level, believes that there should in time be a second referendum on Scottish independence​"

Scottish Greens are proud of the role we played in the independence debate. We engaged constructively as we saw huge opportunities to create a more equal and democratic society, and a sustainable economy.

Patrick Harvie

  1. The Scottish Green Party, which is committed to making popular democracy a reality at the national, regional and local level, believes that there should in time be a second referendum on Scottish independence
  2. In that referendum the Scottish Greens will campaign for independence to secure the powers needed for a socially just and sustainable Scotland.
  3. The timing of the referendum should be determined by public appetite: Scotland should decide, when Scotland wants to decide.
  4. In assessing public appetite for a second referendum we will respect new kinds of citizen-led initiatives - for example, a call for a referendum signed by up to 1 million people on the electoral register.
  5. For the next term of the Scottish Parliament Green MSPs will focus on using existing and forthcoming powers to deliver the changes that will make a difference to the people of Scotland - on fuel poverty, land reform, funding public services and many other challenges which need to be tackled right now.
  6. We will continue to call for further powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament until independence is achieved, for example the ability to raise the minimum wage, as supported by the Scottish Trades Union Congress.
  7. We will also bring forward a radical package of ideas which demonstrates just how different and better an independent Scotland could be - on currency, welfare, foreign policy, climate change, a post-oil economy and revitalising our democracy.

Latest Campaign Updates

Greens question UK government’s commitment to science funding

22 February, 2017 - 16:23

Scotland could be set to lose out on its share of €80 billion of science funding it has been revealed, after the Secretary of State for Scotland was questioned by a Green MSP.

Greens to reject Article 50 triggering in Holyrood debate

7 February, 2017 - 14:02

Remain supporters will rally outside the Scottish Parliament today in hope that MSPs will vote with the Greens against the triggering of Article 50.

Holyrood will debate a Green amendment to the Article 50 debate that outlines “widespread scepticism” that the UK can conclude negotiations within two years and that the Westminster government’s decision to proceed with a Brexit Bill does not “respect” the referendum result in Scotland.

Ross Greer said:

Ross Greer: Independence is closer now than in 2014 but we need to get going

Ross Greer MSP Fri 27 Jan

Scotland’s in a tricky situation and like most, it’s not one we chose. Two years ago we were promised by Better Together that voting No was the only way to secure our place in the EU and that Scotland would be treated as an equal partner in the UK’s ‘family of nations’. We now know both of those promises to be false - though just under half of voters thought as much back then too.

Greens push government for referendum bill details

25 January, 2017 - 16:47

The supposed “permanence” of the Scottish Parliament was rendered meaningless by Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling according to a Green MSP.

In response to a government statement, Ross Greer MSP, the party’s external affairs spokesperson, told the Brexit minister Mike Russell that the Greens were equally disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision and asked when a bill for an independence referendum will be introduced.

West of Scotland MSP, Ross Greer said:

Supreme Court ruling confirms Scotland not ‘equal partner’ say Greens

24 January, 2017 - 14:30

The Scottish Greens have responded to the Supreme Court ruling that the UK’s devolved bodies will not have a say on whether the Westminster government can start the Brexit process.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says the decision confirms that Scotland is not an “equal partner” in the UK and that the decision to give Westminster a vote prior to triggering Article 50 will be of “no consolation” to voters in Scotland.

Glasgow MSP, Patrick Harvie said: