European Greens meeting in Glasgow to discuss keeping Scotland in Europe

Patrick Harvie MSP and Nicola Sturgeon are to attend Scotland’s largest pro-European event since the EU referendum, hosted by the Scottish Greens this Friday (2 Dec).

The European Green Party will hold its 25th council meeting in Glasgow where the First Minister will join with Green MSPs, MEPs and other politicians to discuss Scotland’s place in Europe following the referendum result in Scotland where 62% voted to Remain. 

It is expected that Green politicians from the continent will express sympathy and solidarity for Scotland’s position, with one German MEP saying he wants to help Scotland retain “full membership in the European family”.

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and EGP co-chairperson:

"European Greens are coming to Glasgow in order to show our solidarity with the determination of the Scottish people to resist Brexit and to hold on to Scottish full membership in the European family."

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, says the event will demonstrate the size of the party’s “extensive network” as well as the Greens’ commitment to working with “other political parties” to campaign for Scotland to stay in Europe.

Harvie, a Glasgow MSP, said:

“The Scottish Greens and our wider movement in the European Green Party are playing a leading role in the campaign to maintain Scotland’s place in Europe. We recognise the need to work with other political parties, campaign groups and individuals who want the referendum result in Scotland, where an overwhelming number of people voted to Remain, to be respected.

“As Greens, we have an extensive network of politicians and campaigners across the continent who share our goal of staying in Europe that we can tap into and we look forward to hearing from them in Glasgow. Instead of merely commenting from the side lines, and accepting that Scotland should be dragged out of the European Union, we invite other like-minded parties to join us in offering solutions to the uncertainty being caused by Brexit.”