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Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

Wed 12 Dec, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (12 Dec) criticised SNP Ministers for failing to use the publication of the draft 2019-20 Scottish Budget to act on the need for local tax reform and the climate crisis.

The Greens have been making the case for meaningful progress on the local tax reform agenda, to enable councils to raise more funds in a fair way to protect local services. The party has set out specific proposals on Council Tax, non-domestic rates and new ideas to broaden the local tax base.

Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Sun 9 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (9 Dec) issued a warning to the Scottish Government that the party’s precondition for entering budget talks has not yet been met, with just days to go before the budget is published.

Patrick Harvie MSP has reminded the SNP’s Finance Secretary that the Greens are the only party ever to bring down a Scottish budget, having been unable to reach agreement after months of negotiation with Mr Mackay’s predecessor, John Swinney. 

Our campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill

Thu 6 Dec, 2018

Greens have today (6 December 2018) launched a campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill.

Following the First Minister’s appearance at the international climate talks in Poland this week, where she said ‘it's important that we continue to raise our ambition’, Greens have called on her to commit to a target of zero emissions within the current Climate Bill. 

Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 6 Dec, 2018

The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

May's deal gives Scotland neither what it needs nor what it wants; it’s vital we show the clear will of the Scottish Parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 30 Nov, 2018

Of all the unedifying moments there’ve been over the past two years since the Brexit vote, this week’s macabre spectacle of the Prime Minister working her way round the UK trying to sell her dead duck of a Withdrawal deal is surely a new low.

Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May's deputy at Holyrood grilling

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP says pressure will be on Tory MSPs during this afternoon's quizzing at Holyrood of Theresa May's deputy, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.

Mr Harvie, a member of the Finance & Constitution Committee, whose members will jointly question Mr Lidington along with Holyrood's Europe Committee, said:

May’s Brexit deal will be profoundly damaging to Scotland, says Harvie

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

Responding to today’s analysis from the Scottish Government showing the proposed Brexit deal could cost the equivalent of £1,600 for each person in Scotland by 2030, compared to continued EU membership, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Harvie warns proposed Brexit deal ideologically loaded, risking workers and the environment

Wed 21 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (21 Nov) warned that the UK Government's proposed Brexit deal is "ideologically loaded" in favour of the "hard right" of the Tory party, risking protections for Scotland's workers and the environment.

During today's meeting of Holyrood's Finance & Constitution Committee, Mr Harvie questioned Scottish Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell on the political assumptions underlying the deal.

Mr Russell agreed that "the type of push you're talking about is taking place."

Let’s not go down with Brexit. It’s time we charted our own course

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Nov, 2018

After months of build-up, we finally have a deal. And what a thing of beauty it is. This monumental act of self-harm is making almost everyone unhappy. From the Brextremists of the Rees-Mogg tendency, and the arch-unionists of the DUP, right through to ardent Remain supporters and the independence movement in Scotland.

The reaction to the deal is telling. Labour’s priority is to agitate for an election, yet we know from opinion polls they have failed to land a blow on this hapless Tory government, so the great Corbyn victory they are hoping for looks as distant as ever.

FMQs: Greens ready for fresh independence in Europe campaign

Thu 15 Nov, 2018

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener is vowing to kick-start his party’s campaign for Scotland to remain in the European Union as an independent member state.

During First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Mr Harvie pressed for the “precise timescale for offering people a choice over the country’s future”, promised at the end of the Brexit negotiations by Nicola Sturgeon in June 2017.