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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.

Harvie on draft Brexit deal: It’s not too late to stop the mess

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

Reacting to the draft Brexit agreement published tonight, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"After months of build-up, Theresa May has returned triumphant with this damp squib of a deal. The one thing we can be sure of is that this won’t be implemented as it stands, such is the act of self-harm it would represent.

Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People's Vote

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie tonight (7 Nov) welcomed the vote at Holyrood to endorse a People's Vote, so people throughout the UK can have a final chance to cancel Brexit.

Last month, Scottish Green party members voted at their Autumn conference to back the policy of a People’s Vote, a campaign already being led by Caroline Lucas MP and the Green Party of England & Wales.

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New Living Wage vital for economy & tackling inequality, says Harvie

Mon 5 Nov, 2018

The new Living Wage of £9 an hour is vital for supporting the economy and tackling inequality, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Migrant fund's five month delay challenged by Patrick Harvie

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

An emergency accommodation fund for destitute migrants, promised by the government in June, has yet to be delivered, Patrick Harvie has revealed.

The government had accepted the recommendations of its own Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group five months ago, however, Nicola Sturgeon was unable to provide an update on progress made to deliver funding for short term emergency accommodation for destitute migrants not entitled to statutory homelessness assistance.

The Scottish Government should mark Armistice Day by cutting all ties with the arms industry

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Oct, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens’ co-convener, explains why he wears the white poppy and issues a challenge to the Scottish Government and the Royal British Legion to end their relationship with weapons manufacturers.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I want to say something not only about why I choose to wear a white poppy and what this means, but also about what we would lose if remembrance ceases to be a shared moment between people whose values are different.

Scot Gov Economic Action Plan contradictory & irresponsible, warns Harvie

Wed 24 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Government’s new Economic Action Plan is contradictory and irresponsible, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Harvie warns “the clock is ticking” on fairer funding of local services as councils start drawing up cuts and charges to cope with “carnage”

Fri 12 Oct, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP is today (12 Oct) warning that the “the clock is ticking” on the need for fairer funding of local services, as councils across Scotland start drawing up fresh cuts and increased charges to cope with “carnage” on a scale already inflicted on councils in England.

Scotland’s response to IPCC report on climate change must be a summit of political and civic leaders

Mon 8 Oct, 2018

Scotland’s response to the damning IPCC report on climate change must be to convene a summit of political and civic leaders says Patrick Harvie.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener says that such a meeting should take the need for rapid transition to a post-oil economy as its starting point, and have no limit set on the proposals for progress that are put forward.