A former leader of the Scottish Greens has warned that the party’s focus on independence risks alienating voters who want it to stick to its core environmental agenda. The party, which favours independence and another referendum during this parliament, is in talks with the SNP about the possibility of a formal partnership that would see some Greens join the Scottish government as ministers. Negotiations between the political leaderships of both parties are set to begin in earnest this week. But Robin Harper, who became Britain’s first Green parliamentarian when he was elected as an MSP in 1999, said that an over-concentration on independence and a second referendum could “distract” from and “distort” the party’s central policies.
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