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New Year message from Scottish Greens Co-leaders

Sat 31 Dec, 2022

Using our voices to make a difference

If we have learned anything during the last 12 months it must surely be about the importance of speaking up, of not being bystanders, of offering a helping hand or speaking truth to power.

From taking on the Tory chancers who wrecked the economy from Westminster, to showing solidarity with Ukraine against Russian aggression, to passing legislation in a cost of living crisis and standing up for trans rights.

Wishing you hope and kindness this Christmas

Sun 25 Dec, 2022

For many, the festive period will always bring mixed and complicated emotions.

It can be a time to celebrate with loved ones and a time to reflect on the challenges we have faced, but for many people it’s also a time when those who are no longer with us are missed the most.

In political life, it is important at this time of year to take stock, ask searching questions of ourselves, and of each other, to consider the impact on people from the past year’s work.

Labour devolution report will not halt momentum for independence

Mon 5 Dec, 2022

The latest devolution report overseen by former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown offers no meaningful protection for Scotland, according to the Scottish Greens, who have said that it "will do nothing to halt the momentum for Scottish independence. 

Scottish Greens co-leader, Patrick Harvie MSP said:

European Green Party calls on UK to agree a timeframe for independence referendum

Mon 5 Dec, 2022

The European Green Party and Scottish Green Party have issued a joint statement [1] calling on the UK government to respect Scotland’s right to self-determination and agree on a timeframe for an independence referendum.

Noting the shortcomings of devolution, the broken promises made during the 2014 referendum, and the damage done by a Brexit roundly rejected by the Scottish electorate, the statement recognises that without respect for this right the Union is being “imposed upon the people of Scotland" without any means of expressing their democratic consent.

Scottish Greens call for Labour to respect democracy

Wed 23 Nov, 2022

The Scottish Greens have challenged Labour to back calls for “a real referendum” after the pro-union party’s Shadow Scottish Secretary argued against holding an independence vote. 

A live interview broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland’s Drivetime show tonight saw the Scottish Greens Co-leader, Patrick Harvie MSP, debate the Labour Party’s only Scottish MP, Ian Murray who said Labour would deny a vote if in power at Westminster. 

Mr Harvie said:

Indy would prioritise climate emergency, well-being and equality

Mon 7 Nov, 2022

The paper, Independence - For People.

Boris Johnson has already shown he is totally unfit for office

Fri 21 Oct, 2022

A Boris Johnson return would be “truly preposterous” and “ridiculous” and would show “a total contempt for the millions of people who suffered through his terrible tenure” according to the Scottish Greens. 

The comments come when there is mounting speculation of Boris Johnson standing to be the Tory leader again.

Scottish Greens Co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

Liz Truss’s time in Downing Street has been a disaster and a farce

Thu 20 Oct, 2022

Liz Truss’s time as Prime Minister in Downing Street has been a disaster and a farce, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said today.

Describing her disastrous tenure as “way beyond anything the Thick of It could have dreamt up”, he added “never in the field of British politics was so much harm done to so many, in so few weeks.”

Commenting moments after her resignation, he said:

“Liz Truss's time in Downing Street has been a disaster and a farce that goes way beyond anything the Thick of It could have dreamt up.

Patrick Harvie: Independent Scotland better for people and planet

Sat 15 Oct, 2022

With the powers of an independent country in Europe, Scotland could do far more to decarbonise our economy and build a fairer and better economy, according to Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie.

Patrick also said that independence would allow Scotland to move on from "a more chaotic circus of a Government than anything The Thick of It could have come up with."

Scottish Greens: The people of Scotland must have their say   

Sun 31 Jul, 2022

The Scottish Green Party will contest the next UK general election as a de-facto independence referendum, if all avenues to hold a legal referendum are blocked, the party said today.  

At a meeting of the party’s national council this afternoon it was determined that if such a scenario comes to pass the party will aim to stand candidates in every constituency in Scotland, putting the Green case for independence to every voter in Scotland.  

Commenting, Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater said: