The First Minister and leader of the SNP , Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the government is now undertaking “structured talks” with the Scottish Green Party for what she called a “co-operation agreement”.
The announcement was made whilst Sturgeon was outlining her government’s priorities after the election.
The First Minister said “In the coming weeks, we will seek to agree specific policy areas in which would formally co-operate and, within each , identify the shared objectives and policy initiatives we would be agreeing to work together on. I am confident these policy areas will include the climate emergency and how we can accelerate Scotland’s progress to net zero”.
Outlining the shape that any agreement could take, Sturgeon said “This could include formal processes of consultation and , in our agreed areas of co-operation, the involvement of the Scottish Green Party in Scottish Government policy development and delivery”
The First Minister added that the decision to enter talks was not “forced upon ” the government but was driven by the view that “by working together, we can build a better future for Scotland.”
Commenting on the beginning of talks with the SNP, Lorna Slater, a Green MSP for Lothian and co-leader of the Scottish Green Party said that she hoped the talks “can deliver real change” and that the party has “always worked constructively with other parties,”
Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow and co leader of the party said ““Politics does not have to be about point-scoring and short-termism” and concluded that “we believe the people of Scotland want to see grown-up politics like this, and will approach the forthcoming talks in this spirit”
It is not the first time that the Scottish Government has entered into formal talks , between 1999-2007, the then Scottish Executive led by Scottish Labour entered into a coalition agreement with the Scottish Liberal Democrats
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