Mon 16 Dec, 2019

The case for independence must be based on an alternative vision from Tory Britain Lorna Slater

Scotland must get the opportunity to decide its future as soon as possible, the Scottish Greens have said.

An overall majority for the Conservatives means the party will be able to enact a Brexit Scotland has already rejected. There is already a mandate for a referendum in the Scottish Parliament, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Speaking after most seats were declared in the 2019 general election, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater said: “A Conservative majority is terrible news for the poor and disenfranchised, for disabled people, for EU citizens and refugees, but we can’t lose hope.

“We can still resist Boris Johnson’s deregulated race to the bottom, which promises to rip up our rights and environmental protections and sell off our NHS. The Scottish Greens will continue the fight for equality and the planet.

“But the case for independence has never been clearer. Given it was all the Scottish Conservatives talked about in this election, Boris Johnson has no political capital to refuse a section 30 order now. The longer he waits, the louder the clamour will become. Nicola Surgeon should seek one immediately, especially since the Scottish Parliament already instructed her to do so in 2017.

“But the case for independence must be based on an alternative vision from Tory Britain. It must have equality, localism and building a new sustainable future at its heart. That is the whole point.”

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