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Greens back indyref2 demand to give Sturgeon a Holyrood majority

Patrick Harvie
Patrick Harvie

Nicola Sturgeon is poised to win Holyrood’s consent to take her independence referendum demand to Downing Street after the Scottish Greens confirmed their support.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie said his party will back the bid for a section 30 order, which provides the means of holding a referendum.

That gives the SNP’s minority administration the pro-independence majority required to win the backing of the Scottish Parliament next week.

Mr Harvie said: “The Greens welcome the Scottish Parliament’s consent being sought for a Section 30 order on an independence referendum and we will support it.

“Scotland’s votes and our voice have been ignored by a Tory government at Westminster which we did not vote for and a feeble Labour opposition.

“The people of Scotland deserve a choice between Hard Brexit Britain and putting our own future in our own hands.”

He said he has been “horrified” by the Prime Minister’s vision for post-Brexit UK, adding his party’s campaign will be for a “progressive, internationalist, independent Scotland”.

Having secured Holyrood’s support, Ms Sturgeon would be in a position to issue a demand to Theresa May for another referendum to be held.

Westminster would have to agree to the section 30 order, which temporarily transfers the power to Holyrood to hold a referendum.

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