Tensions within the rank-and-file of the SNP and the Greens risk scuppering a “co-operation” government deal between the two parties. Nationalist backbenchers are unhappy with a lack of consultation about the potential agreement, which Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, has said could involve the likes of the Green co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, becoming ministers. The Times has revealed disquiet within the Scottish government about the prospect of an agreement, owing to fears of how some Green policies such as phasing out North Sea oil and gas could harm the SNP’s electoral hopes. One minister has told friends that they believe the Greens are “dangerous”.
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