Scottish Greens have described the SNP’s change of policy on NATO as moral hypocrisy, and a terrible misjudgement that will alienate anti-nuclear Scots who are still considering whether to vote for independence.
Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:
“Rather than building a platform of distinctive policies that make the case for a radically better Scotland, the SNP leadership seem determined to quash the party’s better instincts.
“It is moral hypocrisy of the worst kind to be so vocal in opposition to Trident but in favour of an alliance based on the nuclear protection of other states. This is a profound misjudgement that sets the face of the SNP against radical Scotland at a time when they should be energising campaigners.
Mr Harvie added:
“The SNP have also backed a policy of spending at least £2.5billion every year on defence in an independent Scotland. The idea of a NATO-backed minimum spend on defence is highly disturbing and seems designed to fall into step with the military posture of the UK and US, aggressively projecting power around the world.
“Ultimately, this is now SNP policy but no more than that. We are some way away from the first elections in an independent Scotland, and if and when that happens Scottish Greens will put a strong case opposing NATO membership to the people.
“Meanwhile we continue to welcome everyone who wants a to be part of a truly anti-nuclear, anti-war party to join the Scottish Greens, and work towards a peaceful future.”