(SCOTLAND) JUST IN: The SNP and the Scottish Greens have agreed a new power-sharing partnership at Holyrood, the BBC has learned with aim to get a vote on #IndyRef2 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: It would also give the Scottish government a majority to pass legislation including a new independence referendum bill: The Scottish cabinet is meeting virtually this morning at 09:30 to approve the proposal.

#AceDailyNews says …SNP and Greens agree new power-sharing deal the deal would take the Greens into government for the first time anywhere in the UK but would not be a true coalition only a way for SNP to get majority to pass legislation and include new #IndyRef2 bill to gain independence and eventually they hope lead to rejoining E.U after Nicola Sturgeon had exploratory talks before U.K. left …..

Nicola Sturgeon, Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Greens co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie are expected to confirm details of the deal later

Jacinda Ardern signed a co-operation agreement with the Green Party in November 2020:

Some Green MSPs are expected to be appointed as ministers in Nicola Sturgeon’s government, with further details of the agreement to be outlined later on Friday.

BBC Scotland’s political editor, Glenn Campbell, said the deal would “look like a coalition but fall short of a coalition” and would provide an SNP-Green deal for Scotland

The pro-independence Greens will sign up to the bulk of the government’s policy – but there will also be areas where they are in disagreement with the SNP, and they will be able to criticise it on those points.

This is a new form of government at Holyrood and a first in the UK, and is based on the arrangements the New Zealand Greens have with Jacinda Ardern’s government. 

The Greens are the fourth largest party in the Scottish Parliament after winning eight seats in the election in May, while the SNP won 64 seats – leaving them one short of an overall majority. 

The SNP had formed a minority government for the previous five years, and had relied on the support of the Greens to pass its annual budget.

The deal has been struck with less than three months to go until the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The Greens have been pressing the Scottish government to go further in tackling global warming in exchange for their support, and want it to take a tougher stance against new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.

The GMB union said workers across the energy sector were “looking on with real concern” and would be “seeking assurances that this deal will not be a one-way ticket to the dole queue”.

The Greens are also opposed to the government’s road building programme, and some businesses including fish farming have warned that Green policies could damage the economy if they are adopted by the government.

The Scottish Conservatives have described a tie up between the two parties as a “coalition of chaos” that will threaten North Sea jobs, and said the deal was a “doctrine to start a war on working Scotland”.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar challenged the Greens to show they are not simply the SNP’s “lackeys”, and said the party needed to “rediscover their principles and fight for a greener Scotland rather than roll over to the SNP every time the going gets tough.”

This new power-sharing partnership will take Greens into government for the first time anywhere in the UK. That may have particular resonance in the months before the UN climate summit – COP26 – is held in Glasgow. For Greens, it is about maximising policy influence, especially when it comes to tackling global warming.

For the SNP, it is about creating a more stable administration, able to see off opposition ambush. Whatever else is agreed, this tie-up will give the Scottish government a majority at Holyrood to pass budgets, win confidence votes and make legislation – including for another independence referendum. It looks a lot like a coalition but crucially the Greens have opt-outs from policies they don’t like – retaining the ability to criticise the government of which they would become part.

The details of what’s been agreed will be confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the co-leaders of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, on Friday afternoon.Their deal follows two months of negotiations led by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney for the government and MSPs Ross Greer and Maggie Chapman for the Greens.

It is not yet clear which Greens will join the government, although a couple of junior ministers are expected to be named next week. The deal still requires the approval of the decision-making bodies of both parties before it can take effect.

The SNP’s national executive committee is due to meet on Saturday and the Greens have scheduled a meeting of their membership for Saturday 28 August. Both sides want the deal to take effect before Holyrood returns with a statement on the programme for government on Tuesday 31 August.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.20: 2021:

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