Sturgeon’s route to independence laid out as Scottish Greens agree SNP deal

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Two-thirds of Scottish Green members backed an agreement which could see the party join the Scottish Government alongside the SNP which was ratified by the party’s council. 

Party members voted to support the deal to enter government at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) this morning following a two-hour debate.

715 members (88.5 percent) had backed the deal, 84 (10.4 percent) voted against and nine (1.1 percent) abstained.

At the heart of the “anti-jobs, anti-business” pact is a commitment to a second independence referendum within five years, and preferably by the end of 2023. 

Although Boris Johnson would still have to grant permission for a legal vote, the Scottish Government now has a built-in majority for its referendum bill.

The SNP Cabinet approved the informal power-sharing deal with the hard-left pro-independence minority party last weekend. 

The two parties have been locked in talks since May, when the SNP fell one seat short of an overall majority at the Holyrood election.


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