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The Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, on Tuesday demanded an “unmistakable” mandate for another independent referendum when Parliament in Edinburgh approved the appointment of two Green Party ministers in her government.
The move seals a power sharing agreement between Sturgeon’s pro-independence of the Scottish National Party and the Greens, and means her government is now assured of a parliamentary majority because it wants a repeat of the 2014 referendum on leaving the UK, when the Scots supported with a stay of 55 to 45 percent.
The SNP received just under a majority in Edinburgh’s parliament elections in May by winning 64 seats. But the pro-independence Scottish Greens, the more left-wing rival of the SNP, secured eight seats in a party manifesto that supported a second referendum.
“The mandate for that is unmistakable – between us the SNP and the Green won 72 of the 129 seats in this parliament and each of us was elected on a clear commitment to an independence referendum,” Sturgeon told the House in Holyrood in Edinburgh. said .
The British government has so far set aside SNP calls for another referendum, although Scottish Secretary Alister Jack last week told Politico that one can keep it if opinion polls consistently show that 60 per cent of Scots want it.
The appointment of Scottish Green’s co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater to the Sturgeon government, which was approved in a 69 to 56 parliamentary vote, is the first time their party has ministers in a British administration.
Sturgeon said the power-sharing agreement-including the SNP and the Green agreed to work together on climate change and other policies, but still disagreed on issues such as the use of gross domestic product data as a key measure of economic success-‘n ‘ leap of faith ”aimed at promoting more cooperative politics.
But the opposition Scottish Conservatives have accused the SNP of introducing the radical “anti-business” Greens to the government to compensate for the “failure” in May.
“This is a nationalist coalition with one overriding purpose: separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom,” said Douglas Ross, Scottish leader of Tory.
Senior Greens hope ministers, who play a direct role in promoting green skills, more energy-efficient buildings and travel and setting up a national rental control scheme, will show voters that they can have an impact on government , while maintaining a clear identity of the SNP.
But Anas Sarwar, leader of Scottish Labor, said the Greens could not pretend to be in government and opposition at the same time.
“I’m afraid they will soon realize that the SNP’s rhetoric does not fit reality,” he added. “And I think they will also realize that cooperation means for Nicola Sturgeon to turn around and do what you are told.”
Ross Greer, a Green Member of the Scottish Parliament, said the appointment of Harvie and Slater as ministers was a historic moment.
“The need for radical transformation of our economic and social systems could not be clearer,” he added.
While their agreement with the SNP will offer the Scottish Greens ministerial posts, it will entail an immediate cost to the party.
According to a ruling by Parliamentary presiding officer Alison Johnstone, Harvie and Slater will lose their rights to challenge Sturgeon during her weekly prime minister’s question session, and their public funding will be reduced.