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First Minister statement: Scotland still wants say over Brexit say Greens

27 June, 2017 - 15:45

The people of Scotland will be the only ones in Europe not to have a say on Brexit under the new timetable outlined by the First Minister, say the Scottish Greens.

Responding to a statement by Nicola Sturgeon, where the First Minister revealed that she will “not seek” to introduce immediate legislation for an independence referendum, Scottish Greens’ co-convener Patrick Harvie said there is now “no chance” that Scotland will avoid being dragged out of the EU and, likely the Single Market.

The people of Scotland must be given a choice over their future

27 June, 2017 - 08:00

The co-conveners of the Scottish Green Party have today (27 June) written to the First Minister, urging her to resist calls from opponents who have conceded to a Hard Brexit and who are against holding an independence referendum once the terms of the deal are known.

Ahead of an expected announcement from Nicola Sturgeon this week, Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie MSP argue that there is nothing to change the argument in favour of Scotland’s future being decided by the people who live here, on the timescale previously set out.

Harvie brands Tory-DUP deal an insult

26 June, 2017 - 13:43

 

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, branded today's Tory-DUP deal an insult.

 

The 10 DUP MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes in return for an extra £1billion for Northern Ireland over the next two years.

Patrick said:

Our report shows EU migrants in Scotland at risk of poverty and social security system "stacked against them"

26 June, 2017 - 10:03

A major report commissioned by Scottish Green MSPs shows that people from Central and Eastern Europe who choose to live and work in Scotland are at risk of poverty due to low wages and a social security system "stacked against them".

It comes as Scottish Ministers admit that they have not specifically recruited migrants for their Experience Panels to help shape the new Scottish social security system, something the Greens describe as a "missed opportunity” to reject the UK Government's “backward attitude".

Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister “out of ideas and out of time” say Greens

21 June, 2017 - 13:18

The Scottish Greens have said that the Queen’s Speech delivered today (21 June) is further proof a Prime Minister who is “out of ideas and out of time”.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says that politicians at Holyrood must now be ready to resist a Westminster “power grab” by ensuring that appropriate “repatriated European powers” are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

Foster letter highlights DUP prejudice say Greens

20 June, 2017 - 16:24

A letter, showing DUP leader Arlene Foster asking the Scottish Government to restrict the ability of same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to be married in Scotland, is further proof of the party’s outdated views.

We must do all we can to offset the malignity of the Tories and DUP

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 16 Jun

“May I say just one more thing Prime Minister; if you must do this damn silly thing, don’t do it in this damn silly way.”

So spoke the fictional, and now almost legendary civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby in perhaps his bluntest ever advice in an episode of Yes, Prime Minister. It’s a warning which has been coming to mind a lot recently, and it could have been made specifically about the disastrous decision to take the UK out of the European Union, and the damn silly way in which it’s being done.

Harvie presses First Minister to commit to decision on fracking this year

15 June, 2017 - 12:47

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (15 June) used First Minister's Questions to press Nicola Sturgeon to commit to a decision on whether or not to ban fracking by the end of this year.

Mr Harvie highlighted that the government's fracking consultation, which closed two weeks ago, has received tens of thousands of responses, one of the biggest ever responses to a government consultation.

Other opposition parties at Holyrood ignoring need for sustainable jobs

14 June, 2017 - 15:08

Patrick Harvie MSP, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (14 June) accused the other opposition parties at Holyrood of ignoring the need to invest in sustainable jobs, as they attempted to turn a debate on the economy into one on the constitution.

The Green amendment to the government's motion highlighted the Scottish economy's over-dependence on oil and gas, the need for well-paid work in low-carbon industries and redistribution of wealth.

The other opposition parties' amendments talked about independence.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

We're determined to continue long haul campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP

9 June, 2017 - 04:08

The Scottish Greens say they are determined to continue their "long haul" campaign to elect Scotland's first Green MP following the results of the snap General Election.

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie increased the party’s vote share in Glasgow North from 6.2 per cent to 9.7 per cent.

Patrick said: