Tue 20 Oct, 2020

Responding to reports the Tories are drawing up plans to prevent Scottish independence by ‘co-opting’ the EU into opposing it and by offering a referendum on more powers, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“The idea the Tories could successfully ‘co-opt’ the EU into anything is laughable given they have approached Brexit negotiations in the spirit of a toddler having a tantrum. Even more ridiculous than that is the notion that there could be a referendum on more devolved powers from a government which is currently actively ripping up the existing devolution settlement.

“I don’t see any chance that voters in Scotland would be hoodwinked by Trojan horse solutions from a Government that has broken promises on devolution, dragged Scotland out of Europe and is in the process on giving itself a veto over Scotland’s democracy.

"What this leaked plan does show is that the Conservative party is in an absolute panic about what now seems inevitable, that Scotland will choose instead to join the international community, take our seat at the European table, and play a leading role in creating a fairer and greener future.”

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