Scottish independence: Referendum tie-up between Greens and SNP doesn't "make sense"

The prospect of a manifesto deal between the Scottish Greens  and the SNP to secure a second independence referendum has suffered a setback.

Lorna Slater was elected Greens co-leader last week
Lorna Slater was elected Greens co-leader last week

Lorna Slater, the newly elected co-leader of the Greens, says it wouldn't "make sense" to agree deal on the wording in each party's manifesto to push for a second referendum in the 2021 Holyrood elections.

It comes after a new poll today shows a majority of Scots now back leaving the UK.

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But Ms Slater told the Herald: “I don’t think it does make sense. It depends what you mean by co-operate with.

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“We’re two very different political parties that have only one policy in common.

“So I don’t think it makes sense to sacrifice everything we believe in for that one policy.”

She added: “I expect our manifesto will call boldly for an independence referendum.”

Ms Slater was elected co-leader of the Scottish Greens alongside long-serving MSP Patrick Harvie last week.