Tue 14 Jan, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s letter to the First Minister, refusing to transfer the necessary powers to hold an independence referendum, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“It is absolutely appalling that we are to be ripped from the EU against our will, and utterly undemocratic that we are being denied a say on our future. In 2014 the all-party Smith Commission accepted that nothing prevented Scotland becoming an independent country if the people of Scotland chose that path. Since then the Tories have been consistently rejected in Scotland, as has their Brexit project. The people of Scotland are sovereign, they alone have the right to decide their future.”

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