Scottish Greens say 'yes' to independence, 'no' to NATO

By agency reporter
7 Oct 2012

Scottish Green Party members attending their annual conference have formally voted to participate in Yes Scotland, the organisation set up to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum.

However, the party reasserted its strong opposition to an independent Scotland remaining a party of NATO and to the SNP's proposal to spend at least £2.5 billion a year on defence.

Scottish Green Party co-convenor (joint leader) Patrick Harvie MSP declared on 6 October 2012: "Today's decision ensures that Greens take a front-row seat in this exciting debate, promoting fresh and radical ideas on Scotland's future."

He continued: "Greens are not nationalists, and we're not motivated by devotion to one flag or the other. But we can see huge opportunities to make our country fairer and greener. We look forward to working with Yes Scotland to set out a transformational vision for Scotland's society, economy and environment, and building a campaign to win."

Mr Harvie added: "Greens are clear in our steadfast opposition to Scotland remaining in the NATO nuclear club and committing billions of pounds on an outdated approach to defence. Over the next two years, we will argue for a vision of Scotland as a peaceful country with social justice, equality and environmental protection at its core."

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