Wed 21 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has welcomed the decision of the Scottish Trades Union Congress to vote in support of a motion stating that the Scottish Parliament should have the power to hold a referendum on Scotland’s future.

The motion stated that the Scottish Parliament should not require the consent of the UK Government to hold such a vote. The STUC also restated its view that the Westminster Government should not resist a vote if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected in May.

Patrick Harvie said:

“The position outlined by Scotland’s trade union movement recognises the fundamental right of self-determination.

“The STUC rightly says that Scotland’s future is a matter for the people of Scotland, and if they choose to elect a parliament with a pro-independence majority then it should be for that parliament to hold a referendum.

“I’m sure many traditional Labour voters will find it incomprehensible that the Scottish Labour Party's position is at odds with this perfectly reasonable statement of democratic principles.

“Scotland’s future is at stake in this election. That’s why the Scottish Greens are asking the public to vote like our future depends on it. For bold climate action, to build a fair and green recovery, and to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, vote Green.”

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