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

Theresa May must clarify stance on Scotland after Brexit speech

17 January, 2017 - 15:33

A speech by the Prime Minister confirming the UK will not remain in the European Single Market after Brexit has been slammed as “confused, contradictory and dangerous” by the Scottish Greens.

The party’s external affairs spokesperson says that Theresa May must urgently clarify if the Scottish Government’s European proposals will be considered and if Holyrood will have a say in the “final agreement”.

Greer also says that an independence referendum now “looks unavoidable”.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, said:

Prime Minister on verge of triggering independence referendum say Greens

17 January, 2017 - 10:01

Theresa May will trigger an independence referendum in Scotland if she announces plans for a “hard Brexit” this morning say the Greens.

Media reports at the weekend suggest the Prime Minister will use the speech to reveal plans for taking the UK out of the single market, a move Ross Greer MSP says will confirm that the Westminster government “couldn’t care less” about Scotland.

Time for a new independence campaign say Greens

14 January, 2017 - 10:42

Scottish Green Party co-conveners Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie, who will both address the Scottish Independence Convention in Glasgow today, say that now is the time to start campaigning to build the policies and movement necessary to ensure the next referendum is won.

Maggie Chapman said:

Indyref: Harvie urges progress on legislation

9 January, 2017 - 16:24

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (9 Jan) welcomed comments from the First Minister that a referendum on Scottish independence "has to be on the table to make sure Scotland is not driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge".

In an interview with STV, the First Minister says there is not going to be a referendum in 2017 but she restates her support for Scotland remaining in the single market.

Patrick Harvie said:

We have to be ready to win our independence

Ross Greer MSP Fri 30 Dec

The question I’ve been asked most often since being elected as an MSP in May has definitely been: “When do you think Scotland will be independent?” While I’m confident it will happen in the not too distant future – and Brexit has certainly brought it much closer - I also know it won’t fall in to our laps.