Dear Holyrood, keep Scotland in Europe

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Scotland looks set to leave the European Union, but not by choice.

We voted to Remain and in big numbers, but it wasn’t enough to outweigh votes in the rest of the UK seeking to drag Scotland out of the EU.

It’s not over though. We must preserve our relationship with Europe, and we can only do this if the political parties in Scotland show leadership and work together.

Scottish Greens are calling on Holyrood to examine and exhaust every option for continuing Scotland’s close ties with Europe.

Join us today in making that call.

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Latest Campaign Updates

Securing the Rights of EU Citizens

Ross Greer MSP Wed 28 Jun

The UK Government has now published further details to its announcement on the rights of EU citizens after Brexit. I had posed 8 immediate questions that needed to be answered by this further announcement. The details published today provide some answers to my questions.

First Minister statement: Scotland still wants say over Brexit say Greens

27 June, 2017 - 15:45

The people of Scotland will be the only ones in Europe not to have a say on Brexit under the new timetable outlined by the First Minister, say the Scottish Greens.

Responding to a statement by Nicola Sturgeon, where the First Minister revealed that she will “not seek” to introduce immediate legislation for an independence referendum, Scottish Greens’ co-convener Patrick Harvie said there is now “no chance” that Scotland will avoid being dragged out of the EU and, likely the Single Market.

The people of Scotland must be given a choice over their future

27 June, 2017 - 08:00

The co-conveners of the Scottish Green Party have today (27 June) written to the First Minister, urging her to resist calls from opponents who have conceded to a Hard Brexit and who are against holding an independence referendum once the terms of the deal are known.

Ahead of an expected announcement from Nicola Sturgeon this week, Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie MSP argue that there is nothing to change the argument in favour of Scotland’s future being decided by the people who live here, on the timescale previously set out.

Greer says announcement by Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited"

26 June, 2017 - 15:57

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's announcement by the Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited".

Under the plan, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years will be granted "settled status". Those who come after a yet-to-be-agreed cut-off date will be given two years to "regularise their status".

Ross Greer MSP said:

Our report shows EU migrants in Scotland at risk of poverty and social security system "stacked against them"

26 June, 2017 - 10:03

A major report commissioned by Scottish Green MSPs shows that people from Central and Eastern Europe who choose to live and work in Scotland are at risk of poverty due to low wages and a social security system "stacked against them".

It comes as Scottish Ministers admit that they have not specifically recruited migrants for their Experience Panels to help shape the new Scottish social security system, something the Greens describe as a "missed opportunity” to reject the UK Government's “backward attitude".