Scottish Greens will fight election as ‘de facto referendum’ if independence poll is ‘impossible’

The Scottish Greens will contest the upcoming UK general election as a de facto independence referendum if no legal path to a vote at Holyrood emerges.

The Independence Party has joined the SNP and Alba in pledging to treat the next Westminster election as a single-issue separation poll if the Supreme Court rules the Scottish Parliament has no power to hold Referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s strategy to hold a referendum in October next year, subject to the UK Supreme Court ruling it falls under delegated jurisdiction.

If there is no legal route, the Prime Minister said the SNP would treat the upcoming UK general election as a “de facto referendum” on independence and would enter into separation talks with the UK government if the pro-independence parties accepted the idea. popular vote in Scotland.

Alex Salmond’s Alba party had previously backed Ms Sturgeon’s de facto referendum retreat plan.

Now the Scottish Greens have also bought into the strategy.

At a meeting of the Greens’ national council this afternoon, it was agreed the party would strive to field candidates in every constituency in Scotland.

Commenting in a statement, Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater said: “The people of Scotland have repeatedly returned pro-independence majorities to Holyrood and Westminster. They must have their say.

“Our preference is still for a referendum to be held in October 2023.

“If that proves impossible, we would contest the next UK general election as a de facto referendum.

“In these circumstances, we want to present the unique case of the Greens for Independence to every voter in Scotland. And every vote cast on this basis will count as a vote for Scotland to become a green and independent country.

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