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Sturgeon’s power-grab deal backfires as Greens’ hard-left demands thwart independence bid

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Sturgeon ‘dealt a blow’ to Scottish independence says Mark Dolan

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Nicola Sturgeon’s power-grab deal with the Scottish Greens could backfire on the First Minister. GB News host Mark Dolan said that the SNP leader could come to regret striking a power-sharing deal with the Greens. He cited the Green’s push for “a flurry of hard-left economic policies” that could “kill off the independence project altogether”.

On Friday, Ms Sturgeon announced the pact, which also sets out a timetable for the SNP and Greens’ push for a second Scottish independence referendum.

The agreement, which provides a working pro-independence majority in Holyrood, states a fresh vote will be sought before the end of 2024 if the COVID-19 crisis has ended.

Mr Dolan said: “I’m all for cleaning up the environment and leaving the world for the next generation in a better condition than how we found it.

“But that’s not really what the Green Party are all about in Scotland.”

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He told viewers: “They are pushing for a flurry of hard-left economic policies, they want an independent Scotland and they want to stop oil exploration in the North Sea.

“With this deal, Nicola Sturgeon has arguably dealt another blow to the cause of Scottish independence.

“Because if the people of Scotland vote to leave, not only will they struggle to achieve EU membership given their debt to GDP level, but the Green Party will hurt their own economy.”

The GB News host said that the Greens economic demands would “kill the business model of the independence project altogether”.

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Similarly, Liam Kerr, the Scottish Tories’ shadow cabinet secretary for net-zero, energy and transport, accused Ms Sturgeon of letting the “extremist” Greens join her government.

He said: “The Green extremists don’t belong anywhere near government. Their manifesto is a doctrine to start a war on working Scotland.

“Scotland’s economic recovery from Covid will be under threat from the Greens’ anti-business, anti-jobs ideology.”

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He warned the agreement will be “dire news for workers and businesses”.

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, tweeted: “Scotland will suffer from this nationalist coalition of chaos.

“The SNP-Green government will be anti-jobs, anti-business, anti-families, anti-drivers, anti-oil and gas.

“Nicola Sturgeon failed to win a majority, so she needs a hand to ramp up the division and push for indyref2.”

Robin Harper, a former Scottish Greens’ leader, said the party should exploit their newfound leverage.

He said the party should force Ms Sturgeon to oppose any new oil and gas extraction in return for the party’s votes for an independence referendum.

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