The Scottish Green Party will join the Scottish Government’s SNP after members vote in favor of a “historic” power-sharing agreement.
The agreement will result in the appointment of Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater as Ministers of Government. This was when Green’s representative came to power for the first time in the British government.
The Prime Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon have agreed on a “transformative” policy program and announced plans for the two parties to work together.
The deal was approved by members of the Scottish Green Party at the Extraordinary General Assembly (EGM) on Saturday after a two-hour debate and then formally ratified at the request of the Party Constitution.
At 2:30 pm, a small number of proxy votes were still counted, with 1,169 members (83%) supporting the deal, 234 voting against it, and nine abstaining.
The deal, which was negotiated in the summer after the SNP fell one seat below the majority in the May elections, includes the Scottish Government’s shared policy platform.
This includes an agreement to vote for Scottish independence by the end of 2023 if the coronavirus threat subsides, and a number of efforts to implement environmental policies and rent management.
The agreement is a public disagreement between the parties, 10 agreements such as aviation policy, green port, aerospace, direct financial support to companies involved in the defense and security sector, field sports and economic principles. It stipulates that it is only allowed on a set of topics that are related to the concept of sustainable growth and inclusive growth.
However, during the EGM, Scottish Green Party Ross Greer argued that the list of subjects could be changed in the event of further agreement or disagreement.
After the party approved the deal, Mr Harvey said, “There can be no more important and urgent moment for Greens to enter the government and take green politics to the next level.”
He told PA News Agency: “This is a really special moment for the Greens movement, and I myself have attended Green Party meetings since I was a kid. I have been involved in this movement for a very long time. As part of the Scottish Government. Taking green politics to the next level is a true moment of privilege and responsibility.
“I’m very excited to be able to show what green politics really is. I think we have a transformation program from housing to public transport, renewable energy and more.
“We will be able to accomplish great things as part of the Scottish Government.”
“One of the key features of this agreement is that, unlike some of the coalitions we’ve seen elsewhere, there’s a lot of room for both parties to retain their clear voices and identities,” he added. It is clearly shown.
“There are many issues that Greens and SNP disagree with. The ability to continue to speak about those issues is protected.”
Slater said: “This is the first time Greens has entered the government in the UK and can take unprecedented action in the post-climate crisis, housing crisis and post-pandemic economic recovery.”
“The deal has always enabled more than ever, rent management in Scotland and a new national park,” she said, saying the Scottish Green Party was “always a constructive opposition in Holyrood.” It will make and really accelerate. ” The development of the renewable energy industry can make a big difference in the next five years. “
The draft power sharing agreement was officially announced on August 20 at her official residence in Bute House, Edinburgh, by Ms. Sturgeon and two co-leaders of the Scottish Green Party.
Sturgeon said: “We are pleased that both members of the Scottish Green Party and SNP have agreed to work together with the Scottish Government to build a more environmentally friendly, equitable and independent Scotland.
“This historic agreement provides a powerful platform for the transformation programs we want to offer.
“We will work together to support a fair recovery from Covid, urgently address the effects of climate emergencies, and give the Scottish people a vote for independence.
“This agreement acknowledges the importance of cooperation and consensus in finding practical solutions to the major challenges we face and reflects the founding principles of Parliament.
“Our parties do not agree with everything, but we have a lot in common. We are determined to look beyond our differences to build a better country, and You are actually responsible.
“We look forward to working with the Government’s Scottish Green Party and all political parties in Parliament to achieve this.”
The Scottish Conservatives called the deal an independently focused “coalition of chaos,” and the Scottish Labor Party said the “coalition of reductions” was a “disaster in Scotland.”
Anas Sarwar, the leader of the Scottish Labor Party, said:
“This arrangement is all about the constitutional attachment of the parties and has nothing to do with the climate emergency we should focus on.
“SNPs are desperate to avoid scrutiny, and this coalition with their Green Chapter is simply designed to make it more difficult for Congress to seek clarification from the First Minister.
“The Scottish Labor Party will focus on working to restore the country, protecting the NHS and providing a true alternative to tackling the climate crisis.”